Background Relational Research was established in 2009 to take the work of Relationships Foundation to a global, context, with the emphasis still on research into political, social and economic issues from the Relational perspective.
CURRENT PROJECTS AND CONNECTIONS
Relational Research was instrumental in the establishment of Relational Analytics, a company that manages the development of metric tools based on the Relational Proximity Framework.
In the wake of the Brexit vote, Relational Research has is producing a Relational Economic Plan for Europe to outline a new way forward for European nations. Commissioned by the Christian Political Foundation for Europe (the think tank for the European Christian Political Movement), the Plan seeks to provide a consistent framework for policy. It addresses a range of current issues, including levels of national debt, budget deficits, the future of the Euro, and declining trends in the quality of the relational infrastructure.
Relational Research works with the Summer Institute of Linguistics to extend the reach of Relational metrics into non-Western organizations.
Currently, Relational Research is contracted to Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives (RPI) to carry out research in connection with a planned series of consultations in the Korean peninsula, to start in Switzerland in June 2018, around issues such as food security, healthcare, education finance, business, and energy. RPI’s long and successful track record in South Africa, Rwanda and Sudan has enabled RPI to develop a Track Two peacebuilding methodology (engaging representatives with direct links to decision-makers) which can be applied globally.
Relational Schools, set up in 2014, seeks to influence education policy, leadership and organizational practice. Relational Research has supported the start-up of Relational Schools, which plans to go independent in 2017. Relational Schools Netherlands has recently been set up. There are plans to launch Relational Schools Australia, where the Relational Schools Research Director, Dr Rob Loe, has recently been speaking.
Relational Research has been studying the application of Relational Thinking to corporate structure since 2007. The main report was published in 2012 entitled ‘Transforming Capitalism From Within’. In this report, the authors propose a Relational Business Charter, setting out a redefinition of the purpose of companies as well as company’s obligations to its major stakeholder groups, as well as . In addition they propose a Relational Ratings Agency, similar to a credit Ratings Agency, but with a different business model. In 2016, a feasibility study was carried out for the structure, operations and funding of a Relational Ratings Agency by the Cambridge Judge Business School. This research project continues in 2017.
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By Jonathan Rushworth and Dr Arad Reisberg. Re-published with kind permission of Chase Cambria (Company) Limited as this article first appeared in International Corporate Rescue Volume 11, issue 4.
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