“We become ourselves through everyone else.”- Lev Semenovich Vygotsky_
In response to our global crises of meaning and imagination, I focus on serving the emergence of distributed leadership, intergenerational learning, and capability development.
My hope is that in practicing with the differences within, between and around us, we may learn and unlearn our way to embodying emerging modes of collective being and leadership apt for these times of collapse, crisis and regeneration.
You: think better when someone is listening.
I have no answers until you show up. I practice transformative art- and design-centered learning oriented toward reflective dialogue, discussion, critique and conversation. I draw from design process, learning theory, complexity leadership, integral theory, practices and methods, adult development theory, and emerging research in quantum social science to design learning contexts grounded in evolutionary principles, strategies and practices for consciously aware design being, thinking and making.
As an artist I’ve always been fascinated with perspectives. My early training in fine art allowed me to explore my own primary relationships and interactions. Through this I discovered that relationship is the most fundamental expression of being alive. Because I am so familiar with the places that scare me, I have had the privilege of guiding others in their raw and messy creative inter-becomings.
I design uncertainment lounges for unique cultural learning contexts
I offer supportive challenge for deliberately developmental individuals, pods and teams
I consult with decision makers on navigating uncertain futures in higher education
I provide integrative strategic advising on projects-in-development
I customize integrative life/ bio/ and soulcraft hacks
Contact me to inquire about ways we might practice, or just say hi!
2018-21 Cultivate futures literacy partnerships, research and curricula in the School of Design Strategies, Parsons School of Design, The New School
2016-17 Co-chair, University-wide Working Group on the Future of Management Education, The New School
2016 Associate Dean, School of Design Strategies Parsons School of Design, The New School
2019 “Opinions, Perspectives and Conceptions: The Tensions in the Coherence of Knowing and Believing” Co-authored paper with Jean Trudel.
2015 Integral Design Leadership: “Improvising in Uncertainty”
2014 “D-School Futures: SAIC’s Lisa Norton on the ‘Thinking-Making’ Approach to Design Education, and Why Her Students Must Learn to Befriend Failure”
2021 Meridian University Integral Practitioner Convergence
2020 What Matters Now in Architecture and Design Education? Roundtable at California College of the Arts
2019 UNESCO Futures Literacy Design Forum, UNESCO, Paris
2018 Integral European Conference, Budapest, Hungary Deliberately Developmental Organization (DDO) Practitioner Network Gathering March. Ojai, CA
2016–2021 Professor of Design Leadership School of Design Strategies Parsons School of Design
2021 Transition Leadership Lab Uncertainty Sherpa Guest of Susanna Carman
2015-2016 Mentor, Embodied Practitioner Certification Level I: “The Path of Presence and Skillful Action” MetaIntegral Academy, Adelaide, AU.
Web development by David Merfield
Animations and artwork by Hugo Gomez, Daryna Kudenko, Recep Mengi, Kateryna Nedilko, Larry Russwurm, and Arushie Wig
Photography by Livia Blanc
Creative direction by Lisa Norton