An Ecology of Ideas: 2012 Joint Conference of the American Society for Cybernetics and the Bateson I (ASC/BIG 2012)

Venue: Asilomar Conference Grounds

Location: Pacific Grove, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 09, 2012 End Date/Time: Jul 13, 2012
Early Registration Date: Apr 30, 2012
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An Ecology of Ideas – We invite you to come and explore an ecology of ideas with us!

Our ideas form, grow, and thrive in relationship. Ideas inspire and transform each other and their bio-cultural medium. New ones emerge unexpectedly, some persist, some change, and some are lost, as if they were living.

The American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) and Bateson Idea Group (BIG) come together to hold a conference on the relations among ideas as seen from multiple perspectives. We come from many disciplines but have common roots including cybernetics, circularity, reflexivity, language, culture and systems. For many of us these roots are enmeshed with biology, information, pattern, design, art, aesthetics, ethics and more.

In a world rife with factionalism and disenchantment, we will engage in conversations to integrate disciplines of knowing while taking into account our histories and considering our futures. We will regard both the parts and the whole that arises from the relations between the parts — and thus becomes the context for all the parts. We are concerned with the world that arises from how we live our ideas.

ASC and BIG have common interests in dynamic systems of thought, wisdom and learning. We accept that there are many views and value exploring the relationships between them, rather than in insisting that any view is “right”.

In the ecology of mind
ideas are alive

Out of newness,
change and dissipation
Generative thinking

An ecology of ideas
arises from
our living language

poems by Kathleen Forsythe