Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, research designer, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems, and asks the question, “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”
The International Bateson Institute integrates the sciences, arts and professional knowledge to create a qualitative inquiry of the integration of life. Here, Nora directs research projects that require multiple contexts of research and interdependent processes. Asking, “How we can create a context in which to study the contexts?” An impressive team of international thinkers, scientists and artists have been brought together by the International Bateson Institute to generate an innovative form of inquiry, which Nora coined “Transcontextual Research” and the corresponding new form of information she dubbed: “Warm Data”. A group process created by Nora, called the ‘Warm Data Lab’ has been the public outreach model of this research. Over 100 groups around the world have participated in Warm Data Labs to assist in developing the ability to perceive complexity.
As an educator, Nora has developed curricula for schools in Northern California and produced and directed award winning multimedia projects on intercultural and ecological understanding. Nora’s speaking engagements include keynote addresses and lectures at international conferences and universities on a wide range of topics that span the fields of anti-fascism, ecology, education, the arts, family therapy, leadership and many more aspects of advocacy for living systems.