David Ballard

Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (130 of 132)
In My Own Words:
I was born in 1954 in Scotland and have degrees from Cambridge University and the London Business School. Never satisfied, I am now studying for a PhD at the University of Bath, UK at the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice. This is a great place to study, since the emphasis is very much on learning in action. My thesis is on Leadership and the Environmental Crisis and I am focusin… Read more


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Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in A&hellip by Gregory Bateson
130 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S BACK IN PRINT!, 13 Mar 2000
It is unbelievable that this masterpiece has been out of print for so long. I have been looking for a copy for some years, having eventually and reluctantly had to return a loan copy. I am delighted that it is available again.
Organised as a collection of relatively short essays, this has a legitimate claim to be the outstanding book of the 20th century for anyone interested in change, systems thinking, ecology, epistemology, organisations, therapy and more. Be warned - it can be very hard in places, but the effort is worth it. 'Form, Substance and Difference', 'Conscious Purpose versus Nature' and 'The Logical Categories of Learning and Communication' are absolutely central… Read more