Gregory Bateson, designer (slides)

I’ve been writing about design for a chapter in the SAGE Handbook of Action Research (3rd Edition, to be released next year). Design, that is, in the broad sense. Design as “plan[ning] for something new to happen,” per Nigel Cross’s 2011 book, or as “creat[ing] possibilities,” per Klaus Krippendorff’s 2007 paper.

So when I recently re-watched An Ecology of Mind, Nora Bateson’s documentary film about her father, I couldn’t help but think about Gregory Bateson as a design extraordinaire.

These are my slides for a talk with Jeff Bloom’s class on An Ecology of Mind, in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University.

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