28 Jun

Brexit: Strengthen our Relational Infrastructure

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Last week the people of the United Kingdom decided, by a narrow majority, that the country should leave the European Union. How that is going to happen, and the consequences of that step, are not fully clear at the moment.

However, since the Brexit decision has many relational consequences, the Relational Thinking Network would like to make its position clear.

The Executive Committee acknowledges that this is a testing time for the British, the Europeans living and working within their borders and for Europe as a whole. In that context we would like to affirm the importance which should be attached to relationships between people of different nations, regions and communities.

Through the work of our Members and Partners we seek to strengthen the relational infrastructure that holds us together, based on the loyalty and trust that form the social fabric of our communities and organisations.

We call on all people of goodwill, and their political representatives, in Britain and across Europe to be vigilant in protecting those relationships, by all possible means to strengthen them and, seek healthy co-operation and shared goals, instead of allowing feelings of fear and insecurity to create distrust and division.

On behalf of our British members and partners we would also like to emphasize that we welcome our EU neighbours who have come to live among us. We wish them to contribute to building a British society that balances liberties with obligations, competition with cooperation, diversity with unity, privacy with transparency, rights with responsibilities, innovation with continuity, and individuality with community.

07 Nov

UK Government to family proof policy

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CAMBRIDGE – Last week the UK government published The Family Test guidance for government departments. Civil servants are now required to check their policies to ensure they will strengthen family life. One of our member organisations, The Relationships Foundation, has been making the case for this development for many years and plans to develop a test of the Family Test to challenge the government as to its progress.

The new government guidelines set out 5 questions that civil servants must apply to policy changes before they go ahead with them. The questions include: “What kind of impact might the policy have on family formation?” and “How does the policy impact those families most at risk of deterioration of relationship quality and breakdown?”

The government admitted that effect of policy on families “can often be overlooked” and hoped that the test will “introduce a family perspective to policy making by asking policy makers to anticipate the potential impact of policy on families at each stage of the policy making process.”

Social impact of policies

This is good news. It shows that the UK government is beginning to look at the social dimension of public policy and in turn it will make civil servants think more broadly about the social impact of policies.

In a press release, the Relationships Foundation said: “We welcome recent developments in government process, policy and practice. But this is, clearly, just a beginning and we have pointed out many false starts in the past. Along with its ongoing broader work the Relationships Foundation therefore intends to develop a Test of the Family Test and challenge the government as to how far and fast it is making progress.”

The Relationships Foundation’s case for this development started with the publication of The Triple Test six years ago. This proposed to ‘triple test’ all policy developments from an economic, environmental and social angle. More recently, they have developed this idea more specifically, particularly looking at family policy.

You can read their full press release here.

 

05 Nov

Relational Thinking™ International Conference 2015

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CAMBRIDGE – After the successful Relational Thinking™ conference earlier this year in South Africa, we’ve started to prepare for next year’s International Conference. We’re excited to announce that the theme will be Relational Risk & Sustainability: Building strong companies, organisations and communities.

In a time where the world faces a variety of challenges on many different levels, relational risk surfaces in almost every area, from schools to healthcare to business to family.

Please note the dates in your diary – it will be from 16-18 September 2015 in Cambridge, UK.

More news will follow in due course, so watch this space.

Hope to see you all there!

03 Sep

Michael Schluter on “Capitalism and the Future of Switzerland”

CAMBRIDGE/BERN – On 30 September 2014 Dr Michael Schluter, founder of the Relationships Thinking Network, will be speaking at the University of Bern, Switzerland, on the topic  “Capitalism and the Future of Switzerland in a Challenged Global Order”.

The program starts at 18h00 and the talk will be followed by an Apèro.

Location: Hochschulstrasse 4, 3012 Bern, Room 120.

20 Jun

Prabhu Guptara elected Relational Thinking Chairman

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – June 20, 2014 – Global thinker and businessman Prabhu Guptara has been officially elected Chairman at the Relational Thinking Network annual conference in South Africa.

The 2014 conference was held near Johannesburg in South Africa and was well-attended by members from across the globe. Delegates discussed the impact that good relationships have in all areas of public and private life, and especially in the business, education and non-profit sectors.

Prabhu Guptara, Chairman of the Relational Thinking Network, said

“All of us are upset by the state of the world and the directions in which it is going at present.  But many of us don’t know what we can do about it beyond the occasional bit of charity. Here is the good news:

Relational Thinking can enable you to understand what all is wrong with the world. More important, it will enable you (as it has enabled me!) to reflect on, and so improve, your relationships at home and work. I also support Relational Thinking because it gives me a very practical agenda for improving the state of the entire world.

But the most important thing about Relational Thinking is that it provides an agenda in which each of us can get involved – at our own level, and in our own way. You can play your part, whether you are a leader, an employee, a housewife or a student – and even if you are out of work!

Join me and others in growing the impact of The Relational Thinking Network, and so making your own world better, as well as improving the state of the world.”

Relational Thinking Network

The Relational Thinking Network is a non-profit global organization dedicated to social transformation through putting relationships first in public and private life.  This approach is termed ‘Relational Thinking’ and leads to a new way of seeing the world, a framework for the reform of organizations and wider society and an alternative pattern for ordering our lives.

 

08 Apr

Annual Conference 2014

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – April 8, 2014  Details of the forthcoming annual conference of the Relational Thinking Network have been made available on our website. This year, the conference will be held in South Africa and open to all members of the Relational Thinking Network.

More information about the conference, including booking forms, can be found here.

 

Further information

If you have any queries, please direct them to Sally Bertlin at the following address: S.Bertlin@jubilee-centre.org