The Benefits of Ecological Thinking

Kenneth Silvestri
ILLUMINATION-Curated
5 min readJan 10, 2022

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  • I recently was going over my notes on ecological and systems thinking for an upcoming workshop, and came across this short essay that was motivated from my attending a talk by Nora Bateson, March 29, 2017, at the Players Club in New York City on “Systems, Contexts, Frames and Patterns” that was based on her then new book “Small Arcs of Larger Circles”
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“Nora provides a multifaceted invitation — one that avoids dichotomies — to see the complexity of our world. Because “we are more than one plus one,” she says that mutual learning is the basis to understand and mitigate the injurious patterns that are in opposition to nature. Her writing makes this very difficult task comprehensible due to her poetic, honest, and empathic style. She also seamlessly blends a three-generational legacy of evolving thoughts on this topic from her grandfather William, Gregory, and her own personal journey. Her many profound and interrelated chapters flow with narratives of her evolving contexts. They bring you through questions that ask: What it is that “holds anything together” within an order that “we are within and that is within us”? She covers interdisciplinary examples and encourages us to be “flexible and alive in relation to one another and the outside world.” (An excerpt from my review in The Journal of Systemic Therapies)

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Kenneth Silvestri
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, is a psychotherapist, certified homeopath, poet, and author of A Wider Lens; Train Romance; and Legacy Poems, www.drkennethsilvestri.com