The Relational Thinking Network

The Relational Thinking Network consists of the people and organizations who have joined together as Members and Partners. They come from all around the world. They are all working with the idea of starting with relationships, sharing ideas, and developing new relationship-based ways of solving problems.  

There’s a Relational Thinking Conference held once a year, most recently in Cambridge, UK, which is a great opportunity to get together with others who think the same way, and to share best practices. There are also smaller groups, like the Relational Academics Forum, that bring together people form particular sectors.

The Relational Thinking Network is registered as a Swiss Association in Geneva. The work is partly funded by Partners and Members. The other part comes from donations. If you like our proposals and think it’s got potential to bring real change, consider making a donation that will help us to grow the movement that will drive the transformation of our organizations, companies and communities. Donations go via the account of Relational Research. 

Our Leadership Team


Michael Schluter CBE, Founder & Chairman

Michael trained as an economist before working as a research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute, and economics consultant with the World Bank in East Africa. He and his wife Auriel have 3 married children, and 12 grandchildren. Michael is now a social entrepreneur and has launched six charities whose work includes international peace-building (Concordis International), alternative finance (Citylife) and social policy (Credit Action). In 1994, Michael launched the Relationships Foundation; he is also on the board of Relationships Forum Australia. He is co-author of The R Factor (1993), Jubilee Manifesto (2005) and The Relational Manager (September 2009) and has contributed to a number of other books looking at social issues from a relational perspective. He is an experienced speaker who has addressed audiences all over the world, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s new year honours in 2009.


Beris Gwynne – Head of Programmes for the Relational Thinking Network in Geneva

Beris started her working career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and also served with the Australian International Development Agency. After several postings in different parts of the world, her last position was with World Vision as their Director and UN-Representative in Geneva. Founder of Incitāre, a platform to support accelerated achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, she now works as a consultant, and is assisting the Relational Thinking movement to develop its programme of activities further into Geneva and beyond.


Edmond Granges – Treasurer

Edmond studied finance and economy at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He worked for 40 years for large Swiss bank, first as a credit analyst in corporate banking in Zurich before moving to London to take on the responsibility of bonds sales for all Swiss institutions. In 1990, he returned to Geneva to manage portfolios for institutional clients and developed long-term relationships with Swiss pension funds. Alongside his professional commitments, Edmond enjoyed being a social entrepreneur, founding a sport club and leading a charitable institution. Since September 2015, he has been working with the Relational Thinking Network and is a founding member of the Swiss association. He is currently the Treasurer.


Marilyn Collins – PA to the Founder and Chairman

Before coming to Jubilee House Marilyn worked as PA to the Keeper of the Archives at Churchill College, Cambridge. She has worked at Jubilee House since 1990 and has been Michael Schluter’s PA for 24 years, first within the Relationships Foundation and now as part of the Relational Research team and assisting the Relational Thinking Network.

Our Council of Patrons

Lady Montagu of Beaulieu, Member of the House of Lords, Director of Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd and Trustee of the Countryside Education Trust

Lord Parekh of Kingston upon Hull, Emeritus Professor, Universities of Westminster and Hull

[Further patrons to be announced]

Our Advisory Board

Dr. Bob Bishop, ex-Chairman & CEO of Silicon Graphics International; Founder and President, ICES Foundation

Dr. Young Gil Lee, Vice-Chancellor, Kumi University, Uganda

Ms. Beris Gwynne, Founder of Incitāre, a platform to support accelerated achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Riel Miller, Head of Foresight, UNESCO

Mr. Carl Nisser, Founder of the European Government Business Relations Council (The Ad Hoc Council), member of the Board of Directors of The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States


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