M Catherine Bateson

The Indigent Scholar to the Unorganized Borough (a.k.a., tech support for us here) went walkabout on the world-wide web to locate a former co-author and ran across Mary Catherine Bateson’s website

Dr. Bateson is an anthropologist with scholarly and general audience publications. Her first memoir was quite interesting and I’ve been meaning to get to her other books. With A Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson [1984]. HarperCollins, 2001 ISBN: 0060975733

She has several items on-line that might interest the readers from here.

During the past few years Mary Catherine Bateson has been particularly involved with three projects: finishing and bringing out her most recent book, Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery; wrapping up the 2004 Gregory Bateson Centennial (as well as a few loose ends from the 2001 Mead Centennial) which, even after its official period passed, continues to stimulate activity and interest; and building on the experience with Granny Voters as a means to encourage trustee voting in future electoral seasons and to empower older adults to claim a voice for the future. This project has developed into a further exploration of intergenerational communication and changing ways of experiencing time and will probably lead to a book on the contributions and improvisations of engaged older adults experiencing a second adulthood of what MCB has identified as active wisdom.

Granny VotersGrannyVoters— grandparents who believe our political voice is part of our legacy and want to use it to give our grandchildren a say in the America they will inherit.

You can find some of her current thinking at

and on the International Leadership Forum, such as

Currently, Visiting Scholar at Boston College’s Center on Aging and Work


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