Relational Thinking Week

We are delighted to announce four days of events in Cambridge from 12th-15th September. These will be an excellent opportunity to meet and hear from some of the top thought leaders active in reflecting on and applying Relational Thinking, to discuss implementation of the relational agenda in different societies around the world, and to build relationships with a growing global network of Relationists who are committed to improving and strengthening relationships at every point in society.

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  • Programme for the week
  • Relational Cities for Sustainable Development
  • The Relational Agenda for Transforming Society

Tuesday 12th September

A Christian Perspective on Relational Thinking

The Jubilee Centre

£40pp

The Jubilee Centre will  be hosting a training day for those interested in looking at  Relational Thinking from a Christian perspective.

More information can be found here.

Wednesday 13th September

Relational Cities for Sustainable Development

Corpus Christi College

£55pp

This day conference will give those joining the Relational Thinking Week in Cambridge a chance to hear from others thinking about these questions and join the conversation about policies which can make cities more relational. The conference will also consider both how organisations within the city and the city as a whole can be assessed in terms of the strength of their relationships.

The whole programme can be seen on the tab at the top or here.

If you would be able give a 10 minute paper in the one of the sessions, relating to one of the themes in that session, please contact Josh Hemmings at j.hemmings@relationalresearch.org.

Love in the Ruins: An Evening with Dale Kuehne

Jubilee Centre

Free

8.00 pm – 9.30 pm

For those looking at Relational Thinking from a Christian perspective, Dale Kuehne will be discussing the thinking around his forthcoming book ‘Love in the Ruins’

Thursday 14th September

Interest group and regional group meetings

Free

13:30 – 15:30: Special interest groups to discuss applying Relational Thinking in areas such as Relational Companies, Relational Peacebuilding etc.

16:00 – 17:30: regional groups (e.g. Asia, Europe, Africa etc.) to discuss strategies to promote Relational Thinking in the region.

If you are interested in attending, please email Josh Hemmings at j.hemmings@relationalresearch.org

Friday 15th September

Breakfast with Paul Mills: An Update on the Global Economy from a Relational Perspective

Jubilee Centre

Free

7.00 am – 8.30 am

Join us for breakfast from 7:00 am to hear Economist Paul Mills give an update on the global economy from a relational perspective. Dr Paul Mills joined the UK Treasury in 1992 after completing his PhD at Cambridge University. He joined the IMF in early 2006 to work on global financial stability issues and in 2009 became head of the Fund’s London office; he left IMF in early 2017.

Thought Leadership Day: ‘The Relational Agenda for Transforming Society’

St. Catharine’s College

£125pp

Relational Thinking seeks to understand better the nature and value of relationships, how relationships can be measured and how a relational focus can improve the performance of companies, schools, public and private sector organisations and government itself.

Our thought leadership day will make it possible for you to access this new framework of thinking and measurement and the way it is being applied already across a wide range of sectors and organisations.

The whole programme can be seen here or on the tab at the top.

Relational Cities for Sustainable Development

Cities in the 21st century face multiple challenges. These include overcrowding, poverty, racial and ethnic tensions, air-quality, water availability and concentrations of wealth and poverty in different areas of the city. The focus in tackling these problems in the context of sustainability has been largely around the environmental dimension. However, arguably the Relational perspective provides a wider frame of reference for understanding and responding to these urban challenges. Relationships cut across all of these issues, and across all the different interests and communities which are at the front line of these challenges.

To tackle this complex mix of problems and challenges, civic leaders, service providers, planners and leaders of companies, schools and other organisations need a framework to enable them to build trust and facilitate cooperation between the stakeholders. Some of the pre-requisites to a successful relational approach to urban sustainability are the following:

  • Strong commitment to family and community;
  • An education system which develops relational skills;
  • Governance of business and public sector bodies which allow sufficient time for employees to fulfil family and community responsibilities;
  • Faith communities which foster positive value systems;
  • Political arrangements which engage communities.

This day conference will give those joining the Relational Thinking Week in Cambridge a chance to hear from others thinking about these questions and join the conversation about policies which can make cities more relational. The conference will also consider both how organisations within the city and the city as a whole can be assessed in terms of the strength of their relationships.

The conference will be chaired by Jyoti Banerjee, partner at Fronesys, an advisory service focused on the development of an Integrated framework for value creation in cities – where value is defined in the multi-capital context i.e. to include not only financial capital but human, intellectual, natural and social and relational capitals. He is particularly interested in how activity in one part or section of the city’s activities affects stakeholders in other parts of the city. His aim is to provide new insights and new directions for urban policy based on this integrated approach.

If you would be able to give a 10-minute paper in one of the sessions, relating to one of the themes in that session, please contact Josh Hemmings at j.hemmings@relationalresearch.org.

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09:00 – 09:30 Session 1 – An Introduction to the Relationally Sustainable CityJyoti Banerjee (Fronesys) and John Ashcroft (Relationships Foundation) will introduce the concept of the relationally sustainable city – Jyoti Banerjee from the perspective of challenges which cities are facing at the moment and John Ashcroft will make the case as to why the relationships factor is so critical for the stability and sustainability of cities.
09:30 – 10:45 Session 2 – Building Relationships Within and Between Households and Communities:

  • Policies to create strong family, neighbourhood and community relationships

Marlie Holzhausen, South Africa

  • The role of schools

Dr Rob Loe, Chief Executive of Relational Schools Foundation, UK

  • Overcoming ethnic and racial tensions

Msizi Cele, Magaye Consulting, South Africa

  • The role of churches and other religious communities in building community

Helene Tame

  • Panel discussion
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee
11:15 – 12:30 Session 3 – The Role of Town Planning, Infrastructure and Housing in Building Relationships Within and Between Households and Communities:

  • The role of town and city planning in balancing housing with social amenities (parks, leisure facilities, retail etc.)

Speaker to be confirmed

  • The case for and against high-rise housing

Chan Abraham, former Housing Association Group chief executive, UK

  • Ensuring that high-ways and rail links facilitate relationships between communities and do not divide them

Speaker to be confirmed

  • Panel discussion
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:00 Session 4 – The Role of Business, Finance and Politics:

  • Employment initiatives to involve young people in training and productive work

Speaker to be confirmed

  • City-based growth and employment strategies

Speaker to be confirmed

  • Public health, social care and public protection

Councillor Iain Bott, Deputy Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing

  • Panel discussion
15:00 – 15:30 Tea
15:30 – 16:45 Session 5 – Measuring Relational Sustainability of Cities:

  • What metrics are currently being used to assess sustainability of cities? What is currently not being measured?

Jyoti Banerjee, Partner at Fronesys, UK

  • Measuring relational sustainability in cities

Sookhyuan Lee, Director of International Partnership and Cooperation of Uni-Share, South Korea

  • Towards a unified framework of context-based sustainability and reporting

Henk Hadders, Advisory Board Member of the Center for Sustainable Organizations, Vermont, USA

  • Panel discussion
16:45 – 17:15 Concluding Comments 

Thought Leadership Day:  The Relational Agenda for Transforming Society

Government and business are rapidly evolving due to the social impact of information and communication technologies. The focus on historical data to predict future performance and risk factors, for example, are increasingly irrelevant as the pace of change accelerates. Time pressures on managers continue to increase due to access to information and communication possibilities, so that relationships within and between organisations ironically are coming under greater and greater pressure.

Relational Thinking is a social philosophy which seeks to understand better the nature and value of relationships, how relationships can be measured and how a relational focus can improve performance of companies, schools, public and private sector organisations and government itself. Relational Thinking also speaks to job creation, the Brexit decision, the future of Europe, international peacebuilding and global finance.

What changes if relationships become an end as well as just a means? Our thought leadership day will make it possible for participants to access this new framework of thinking and measurement, and the way it is being applied already across a wide range of sectors and organisations.

Below is the outline for the day. Participants will not be tied down to one track but will be able to go to sessions from both tracks. The sessions will be designed to be highly participative so that those joining us for the day have the opportunity to contribute their thoughts and reflections.

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Coffee
09:00 – 09:10 Introduction to the dayBeris Gwynne
09:10 – 09:45 Where is the Relational Thinking movement going?Dr Michael Schluter CBE
09:45 – 10:45 Plenary: Introduction to Measuring Stakeholder RelationshipsTim Young (TBC) and Clive Parry and  ChronomicsJohn Ashcroft and Michael Schluter
10:45 – 11:30 Coffee
Track 1 Track 2
11:30 – 12:30 Relational CompaniesJonathan Rushworth (TBC) Relational SchoolsDr Rob Loe and Professor Colleen McLaughlin
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Relational Finance and Job- Creation Tim Jones Relational EuropeDavid Lee
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee
15:00 – 16:00 Relational Government John Ashcroft, Michael Trend and David Strang Relational PeacebuildingBeris Gwynne and Jeremy Ive
16:00 – 17:00 Plenary: Feedback and Panel Discussion: Next Steps to Grow the Movement