Nora Bateson – Liminal Leadership – 13 & 14 June 2018


Liminal Leadership

Early Bird Price: £395+VAT= £474 includes lunches and refreshments
(Booked and paid by 16th May 2018)

Standard Price: £435+VAT= £522
(Booked and paid after 16th May 2018)

Venue: Hilton Hotel, Bath

Join the wonderful Nora Bateson for this special two day exploration into the further reaches of a new leadership.

“Whatever leadership used to be — it used to be. Now, it has to be something different. Now, we all have to be more than we were. The kind of leadership that I want to explore may not be identifiable as leadership at all.  I am interested in a kind of mutually alert care and attention to the well-being of all people and ecological systems. This kind of leadership cannot be found in individuals, but rather between them. It cannot be found in organizations, nations, religions or institutions, but rather between them. I have called it Liminal Leadership to highlight the relational characteristics.”
Nora Bateson.

Liminal Leadership – The Workshop

This is the era of the in-between. In this workshop we will be attending to what keeps us stuck and trapped and what will enable us forward to fresh and more rewarding possibilities. Some of the ideas and themes we will be exploring are:

Liminal realms: the era of the in-between. We are between cultures, between the ways of living of the past, and the ways of living of the future. We have old habits that cast shadows across the visions for new becomings. Old ways of living that are premised upon exploitation of human and ecological rights are not yet gone, and new ways of living have not yet manifested. The word liminal refers to this ripe, but confusing state, mid-transformation.

What is change?: mechanistic and linear notions of change are susceptible to mechanistic and linear solutions, what other change might there be?

Symmathesy: Looking at living systems as contexts of mutual learning.

Who are we now?: Mythology of heroes, leaders and the crisis of perception. Redefining these roles for the pathways ahead.

Identity in complexity: You are an ecology of selves. Identity is at the core of our perception process. Bringing complexity to identity makes it more possible for the complexity of others to be more visible.

The Paradox of Agency: You are you, and you are your contexts.

Ecology of institutions: The institutions of our world have formed an inter-dependency that we are having difficulty extracting from. Economy, technology, medicine, education, politics, religion—these institutions are woven into each other now, and woven into our lives.


Please read this beautifully written, bold and provocative article on Liminal Leadership by Nora,

it will describe to you the territory of this workshop and the importance of  this liminal approach moving forward

“Gregory Bateson was the great systemic thinker of the 20th Century and his daughter Nora Bateson is one of the greatest systemic thinkers of the 21st century, helping many of us to undertake the much needed shift in human consciousness. Wish I was able to come to the workshop – I will contact you if something cancels.”
Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School

“It’s hard to know where to start in engaging with Nora Bateson’s work.  But that matters not one jot, as long as we do just, actually, start. It seems practically impossible to achieve new ways of seeing and describing and enacting the connections and behaviour that will serve our emerging times. Nora is a pioneer in inviting us into this space, incorporating and moving beyond her inheritances from her father and other seminal, edge-place thinkers.  But you have to be prepared to catch yourself doing what you always do, so don’t leave your sense of humour at home.”
Julie Allan

“Nora Bateson’s work needs to be experienced to even begin to integrate the richness it contains. The result is like being given a special lens which offers you the opportunity to see the world differently. It is truly an aesthetic form of wisdom.”
Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, authors of Metaphors in Mind

Booking Your Place

To book please email with your name and invoicing address.

Nora Bateson
 describes herself as an “interdisciplinary interloper” she travels between conversations in different fields and with different audiences bringing multiple perspectives into view to reveal larger patterns.

She teaches internationally, leading conversations and seminars. Currently she is developing her next film and has recently published a book about the practical application of systems thinking and complexity theory in everyday life entitled, “Small Arcs of Larger Circles”.

Nora is also a filmmaker, lecturer, writer, as well as director & producer of the award-winning documentary film, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father Gregory Bateson’s way of thinking, follow link here.

She is the president of the International Bateson Institute,(IBI), in Stockholm Sweden. The IBI brings together the sciences, arts and vocational wisdoms, to projects from around the world, that require interdisciplinary research reaching into and beyond the academic frame.

You can view Nora’s Blog postings here, these include, Practicality in Complexity and one introducing Symmathesy.

Her previous workshops for us have focused on  Symmathesy: Learning & Change. We are working with her to create a new event working with Warm Data to address ‘Wicked Problems’.

Other Comments about Nora


“Really delightful and inspiring.”

“Exceptional, extraordinary”

 “Wonderful on so many levels.”

“Thought provoking and challenging…..”