• Lisa Norton

    Professor of Design Leadership


    'It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.’ - Audre Lorde 

    Abiding curiosity about human interactions underlies Lisa Norton's focus on the diffusion of timely and more integrative designing practices. Responding consciously to the complexity of our contemporary world expands both the responsibility and the potential influence of professional designers. Norton's teaching, facilitation and consulting focus on the interdependencies between consciousness and capacity, emphasizing the adult developmental, interpersonal and transpersonal aspects of organizational and societal change.

    Previous teaching experience has included a broad range of artists, designers and other creatives at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her forthcoming book, Design Being, emphasizes the role of conscious awareness in designing of strategies, systems, structures and services that care for life. A whole-body, whole-hearted approach to human potential, Design Being identifies emerging capacities of 21st century designing, such as trust and negative capability. In this realm of being, the challenge is to move from predict and control tactics to dynamic steering tactics such as extemporaneous feeling, sensing and responding to emerging phenomena – in real-time.

    Degrees Held:

    M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art

    B.F.A. Cleveland Institute of Art 

    Professional Affiliations:

    Participatory Agility Working Group

    Deliberately Developmental Organization Practitioner Network

    Studio Associate of the Studio at the Edge of the World

    Metaintegral Academy, Embodied Practitioner Program

    Research Interests:

    consciousness studies, contemplative education, embodiment studies, wellness, negative capability, adult developmental theory, integral theory, critical realism, ​positive psychology, meta-theory.