One of the intellectual giants behind systems thinking, cybernetics and integrative analysis was Gregory Bateson, died in 1980. He started out as a ground-breaking anthropologist in the 1930’s, did field work for many years in Bali and Guinea Papau. Here he met with Margaret Mead. The two of them changed forever the understanding of the dynamics of social development and human society.
After the war Bateson became one of the founding fathers of cybernetics (the Macey conference) and the evolution of systems thinking and a student of epistemology. He was an educator that touched generations of thinkers and doers. His first daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson, has come many times to Tällberg. His second daughter, Nora Bateson, is a filmmaker. She has made a film on the heritage of Gregory Bateson. The film is simply called “An Ecology of Mind”, the same title as Bateson’s famous book of 1973.
The film screening was followed by a conversation with Nora Bateson.
An Ecology of Mind is a film portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist, and filmmaker, produced and directed by his daughter, Nora Bateson.