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The Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series

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Since 1952, the Institute of General Semantics has sponsored the annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture (AKML), a presentation given by a distinguished individual on a topic of interest to the field of general semantics.  View Archive | Upcoming Lecture Series


In 1952, two years after founder Alfred Korzbyski’s sudden death, Institute of General Semantics Director M. Kendig initiated an annual program to remember Korzybski and celebrate the continuation of his goals for human development and progress.

This program became known as the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series, or “AKML.” Kendig viewed this series as a means not only to remember Korzybski, but also to celebrate the contributions of those whose work is scientifically oriented and promotes what Korzybski termed “time-binding,” the unique human ability to build on the achievements of others through the use of symbols and languages.


An impressive lineup of speakers has added significant prestige to the AKML, which over the years has featured prominent authors, scientists, psychologists, educators, and individuals from varied backgrounds.

A few of the more recognizable names include Abraham Maslow, Buckminster Fuller, Albert Ellis, Steve Allen, Leonard Shlain, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Lou Marinoff, Ellen Langer, J. Allan Hobson, Robert Carneiro, James Van Allen, Karl H. Pribram, Deborah Tannen, Sherry Turkle, and others.

Upcoming events

    • 31 Jan 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Our IGS lecture series begins anew for 2023 with an online talk  featuring IGS Trustee Nora Bateson. Please join us on Tuesday, January 31st at 11 AM EST for 

    What is Warm Data?

    “Warm Data” is sometimes defined as the transcontextual information about and within the interrelationships that integrate elements of a complex system. At times it is also described more simply as: Information that is alive.

    Is it possible to respond to the living world without information that is also⏤alive?

    Systemic challenges are shaped by the interaction of multiple contexts—the economy, nature, politics, culture, technology, etc.—and to address such challenges, understanding of the transcontextual interdependence is necessary. 

    Grounded in over a century of deep theoretical roots and a lineage of systems thinking, the Warm Data practices transform complexity science into an experiential approach of profound mutual learning and relationship building. 

    There are two warm data practices—

    these are made for today’s fragmented and broken world—Warm Data Labs and People Need People Online. The Warm Data Lab is created to help release and revitalize sensitivity to the sacred processes of life that have been fragmented by the last several hundred years of history—they are made for a broken world. People Need People Online adapts this practice to offer uniquely rich and storied online communication, in contrast to the common experience of polarized and divisive digital communication patterns.

    There are unexpected possibilities that await in another order of parallel approaches. There is a territory of communication, relationships and daily living that allows for a total change—it is within reach, but not in the solutions currently being reached for. 
    Nora Bateson

    Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, research designer, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles (2016) is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity. Nora introduced new theories and practice to the field of systems theory: she coined the neologisms symmathesy, aphanipoiesis, and warm data.

    The lecture will be held via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registrants will receive the Zoom link in advance of the lecture.

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