Relational Thinking embodies many familiar and widely-accepted values, including honesty, justice, respect, care and nurture, and fundamental human freedoms.
We recognize that human beings gain identity, meaning and wellbeing only in the context of their relationships.
Individuals tend to flourish when their relationships are good. Societies tend to flourish when their institutions enable relationships which are close, durable and fair enough to generate important relational assets like trust and loyalty.
Where such “relational infrastructure” exists, a society will more effectively balance liberties with obligations, competition with cooperation, diversity with unity, privacy with transparency, rights with responsibilities, innovation with continuity, and individuality with community.
Relational Thinking also places a priority on values that sustain relational infrastructure, including forgiveness, reconciliation, and the teaching of relational skills.
Relational Thinking is committed to a process of peaceful reform based on a fuller and more realistic view of what human beings are: not simply individuals, but individuals dependent on, and fulfilled through, their relationships.
Relational Thinking is inspired by the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and provides a point of agreement on social and economic progress between people of different faiths and none.