Monthly Archives: October 2015

Being in a Learning System

Last evening, I had the pleasure of participating in the International Bateson Institute session at the October Gallery in London with a number of wonderful IBI colleagues and extraordinary guests. Our discussion skirted around the notion of how systems learn. … Continue reading

Posted in Beyond Systems, Cognition, Connections, Learning, Schooling, Teaching | Tagged | Leave a comment

Solidification, Policy, and Fear

For a number of years, I helped run a small satellite organization of a much larger international one. It was a place where people could gather and learn something about themselves within a nice social context. The number of people … Continue reading

Posted in Connections, Society | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Living In Sync With Context

It is difficult to live in sync with the natural context. In big cities, we are surrounded by cement, asphalt, steel, and glass with spots of grass and trees. But, such synchronization, as much as possible, should be our challenge. … Continue reading

Posted in Connections, Ecology and the Environment | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Play and the Killing of Children’s Spirits in U.S. Schools

Play may be the most powerful form of learning. Play allows us to break rules, test boundaries, look at things upside-down. I can’t imagine a Richard Feynman who didn’t play; or, a Charles Darwin, or an Albert Einstein, or a … Continue reading

Posted in Cognition, Learning, Schooling, Society, Teaching | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Jerome Bruner Turns 100 Today, October 1, 2015

Jerry Bruner was and still is an inspiration for my own work (teaching and research). I mentioned to him many years ago that he reminded me of Gregory Bateson, and he responded that he wasn’t even close to being at … Continue reading

Posted in Cognition, Learning, Schooling, Society | Tagged , | Leave a comment