Capitalism. Socialism. Marxism. Liberalism.
An “ism” is like a society’s operating system – a set of ideas and assumptions underlying its institutions and influencing behaviours.
Relationism is new and different because it starts by asserting that a good society is defined, not by abstract ideals, but by how it connects its members.
The real problem in Europe is how we’re linked together. Not just nations and the EU, but companies and investors, peoples and governments, boards and employees, and all of us and future generations.
These society-wide links are enormously powerful. And often they’re set up in a way that encourages irresponsibility, disconnection, injustice, conflict and abuse. Relationism sets out a policy framework aimed at constructing institutional relationships that work because they are fair and bring European peoples together.
A relational company is a company that exists to benefit all its stakeholder groups, and which gains efficiencies by treating improved internal and external relationships as a means to add value.
This is distinct from the current global model of the listed company, whose principal purpose of returning value to shareholders (with the damage to the social or physical environment this may entail) is offset by the legal requirement to pay tax and voluntary engagement in corporate social responsibility.
The thinking behind Relationism contributed substantially to the peaceful transition of power in South Africa in the 1990s through the Newick Park Initiative, and to the recovery of Rwanda after the genocide.
Currently Relationist principles are being used in a peacebuilding process between North and South Korea.