Relational Thinking Week

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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.

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 on the tab at the top.

Relational Cities for Sustainable Development

Relational Thinking Day Conference / September 13th 2017 / Corpus Christi College Cambridge

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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 allows sufficient time for employees to fulfill 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. 

Program

09:00 – 09:30 / Session 1 / An Introduction to the Relationally Sustainable City

Jyoti 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, Political Scientist, South Africa
  • The role of schools / Rob Loe, Chief Executive of Relational Schools Foundation
  • Overcoming ethnic and racial tensions / Msizi Cele, Magaye Consulting, South Africa
  • What churches and other faiths can contribute in building community / Helene Tame, Community Chaplain, St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • 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 relational amenities (parks, sports facilities etc.) / Speaker to be confirmed
  • The case for and against high-rise housing / Chan Abraham, former Chief Executive of Luminus Housing Association
  • Do projects of urban development help a relational city to emerge? A case-study from Moscow / Tatiana Hansbury, Birkbeck College, London
  • Panel Discussion

12:30 – 13:45 / Lunch

13:45 – 15:00 / Session 4 / The Role of Business, Finance and Politics in building relationships across cities

  • Using finance to build relationships across cities / Michael Schluter, Economist & President of RTN
  • A case-study from Hong Kong: Rooftop Republic / Andrew Tsui, Business Entrepreneur, Hong Kong
  • Public health, social care and public protection / Councillor Iain Bott, Deputy Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing, Westminster Council
  • 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, Fronesys, Specialist in sustainability and business strategy
  • Assessment of the quality of relationships between communities in cities / Sookhyuan Lee, Director of International Partnerships 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

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Thought Leadership Day:  The Relational Agenda for Transforming Society

Relational Thinking Day Conference / September 15th 2017 / St. Catharine’s College Cambridge

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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.

Program

08:30 – 09:00

Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 09:10

Introduction to the day / Beris 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 Relationships / Tim Young and Clive Parry

Plenary: Chronomics / John Ashcroft and Michael Schluter

10:45 – 11:30

Coffee

11:30 – 12:30

Track 1 / Relational Companies / Jonathan Rushworth

Track 2 / Relational Schools / Dr Rob Loe and Professor Colleen McLaughlin

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Track 1 / Relational Finance and Job- Creation / Tim Jones

Track 2 / Relational Europe / David Lee

14:30 – 15:00

Coffee

15:00 – 16:00

Relational Government / John Ashcroft, Michael Trend and David Strang

Relational Peacebuilding / Beris Gwynne and Jeremy Ive

16:00 – 17:00

Plenary: Feedback and Panel Discussion: Next Steps to Grow the Movement