Why Meta

Why Meta Communi Cate?

There are a number of different reasons why the prefix meta fits with the philosophy/style of communication Cate uses when she teaches, communicates and interacts with her community. I have listed them here so that you can gain a better understanding of what she-is/we-are about.

Louise Callinan - site creator and Cate's eldest of three daughters.


To meta-communi-cate is to communicate on many different levels. It offers the individual an opportunity to choose which style and skill is most beneficial to the situation at hand. The aim ofMetaCommuniCation is to give us the opportunity to discover and learn about our communication. In other words it enables us to have a birds eye view of our communication without getting caught up in the details of what is being communicated.


Meta-, sometimes before a vowel indicating change, alteration, or alternation example:metamorphosis. Source: The Collins English Dictionary © 2000 HarperCollins Publishers. The prefixmeta- is used to mean about (its own category). For example, metadata are data about data (who has produced them, when, what format the data are in and so on). Similarly, metamemory in psychology means an individual's knowledge about whether or not they would remember something if they concentrated on recalling it. Furthermore, metaemotion in psychology means an individual's emotion about his/her own basic emotion, or somebody else's basic emotion.[citation needed]. For more detail visit the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta 


More significantly to us, Meta is the name of Cate's mother and so it is also an act of remembrance to a kind and gentle woman whose memory we love and cherish.


Recently we discovered that the word metta has a meaning in Buddhist philosophy that also fits with our own. "Metta means loving kindness. In metta the heart opens unconditionally, encompassing all that is, with acceptance, awareness, and good will. The word metta is from Pali, the language of the earliest Buddhist texts. Metta is universal, finding expression in all religions and societies." Source:Metta Foundation website

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