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  • Achieving of SDGs only by challenging existing paradigms

    Event Relational Poverty Relational Rights on 23 May 2016
    SDGs report - picture of child tap water

    “The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will only be possible by challenging the existing economic paradigm,” said Ms Beris Gwynne, the Head of Programmes of the Relational Thinking Network (RTN), as she introduced the subject in Geneva during a Roundtable Dialogue on the issue on 20 April 2016. “There is a need for […]

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  • The rise of the machines: the risks of robots in financial markets

    Blog Relational Finance on 28 Apr 2016
    rise of the machines

    Introduction The title of this article is borrowed, in part, from the third instalment of the Terminator movie franchise, released in 2003. The movie tells the story of a robot that returns to the year 2018 from a post-apocalyptic world with intent to destroy humanity’s ability to stand in the way of a future ruled […]

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  • ‘Big government’ anti-relational? Not when it comes to income inequality!

    Blog Relational Democracy Relational Finance on 14 Apr 2016
    Goldfish income inequality for RTN website

    Over the last decade, research on well-being has increased exponentially. While the main focus of economists is on the relationship between well-being and GDP per capita, they are becoming increasingly aware of the role of income inequality. This is an important topic for relational thinking as well, since income inequality is closely related to social […]

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  • Relationships and Resilience

    Conference Relational Environment on 1 Apr 2016
    UNEP water

    Watch Brendan Bromwich, the former coordinator of the UNEP Sudan programme, review the UN’s Work on Environmental Governance and Peacebuilding in Sudan at the 2015 Relational Thinking Conference in Cambridge. Photo: Water by UNAMID on Flickr

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  • The Toughest Testing Ground – Relational Risk and Peace

    Blog Conference on 24 Mar 2016
    Peace

    War zones and regions of inter-community tension and civic unrest are, almost by definition, high in Relational Risk. But how does Relational Risk help us not only understand instability but also find solutions in places like Ireland? Watch below to see Pádraig Ó Tuama speak powerfully on relationships and peace. Pádraig is the Corrymeela Community […]

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  • Debating India

    Blog Book Review on 17 Mar 2016
    Debating India

    The Following is a review, written by Prabhu Guptara, of Debating India, by Bhikhu Parekh, (Oxford University Press, 2015, ISBN:  0-19-806045-9). Relational themes are touched by most of the twelve essays in this outstanding book by a distinguished scholar who is now Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Westminster as well as […]

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  • Smart(ish) Phone

    Blog Relational Business on 11 Mar 2016
    iPhone

    Much to the amusement of my Android colleagues, my gleaming iPhone failed me last week.  The display started to click off unexpectedly in the middle of sending an email or checking my calendar. Everything else about the phone still worked.  Calls continued to come through, apps were still running in the background but without the […]

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  • If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?

    Blog Relational Lifestyle on 4 Mar 2016
    Who-would-you-most-like-to-meet

    It’s an interesting question you may have heard before or even asked others yourself: If you could invite (say) six people, living or dead, to eat at your dinner table, whom would you choose? Read what Barbra Streisand said recently when she answered the question and then tell us what you would say… For some inspiration, why […]

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  • The debate over Brexit – does distance matter?

    Blog Relational Business Relational Thinking on 26 Feb 2016
    Europe for blog

    The debate concerning Brexit, whether Britain should leave the EU, has well and truly begun. The Financial Times has published a short debate over the issue, between the Labour politican Peter Mandelson and Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan. During the debate, Daniel Hannan, arguing for Brexit, says that geographical proximity has never mattered less. There is, therefore, no […]

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  • United Breaks Guitars

    Blog Relational Business on 19 Feb 2016
    Guitar

    Back in 2008, singer/songwriter Dave Carroll was flying to Nebraska with his fellow band members.  As he was getting out of the plane, on a stop over in Chicago, he heard a passenger say “they’re throwing guitars out there!” Dave and his band members looked in shock as they realised that their guitars were being […]

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