29 Sep

Two days well spent: The Relational Thinking International Conference 2015

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Photograph by Julian Claxton

A ground breaking event emerged from 100 participants belonging to 19 nations (Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the USA).

The theme was “Relational Risk and Sustainability”, and participants presented, listened to, and discussed ideas in plenary sessions and in specialist tracks on business, international development and public services, in order to examine how to build strength in companies, organizations and communities around the world.

The ground covered included: the global economy, business, management, leadership, good governance, peace-building, freedom of thought, politics, international aid, development, measuring and mitigating Relational Risk in companies and supply chains, and how Relational Risk surfaces and can be managed in public sector organizations working together as well as with communities, schools and health care systems.

Peter Lacey, Co-ordinator of the Public Services Track (education, health care, community work), concludes that “public sector organisations have perhaps been too quick, with their local community’s implicit consent, to ‘take responsibility’ for key areas of provision rather than to work in partnership; and that greater community engagement in these areas should contribute to, and result in a greater focus on, the prevention agenda.”

Here is the list of Presenters at the Conference (all speaking in their personal capacity, and unless mentioned otherwise, they are UK-based):

  • Nabeel Al-Azami / IR Worldwide, Murabbi Consulting
  • John Ashcroft / Relationships Foundation
  • Jyoti Banerjee / International Integrated Reporting Council
  • Julia Bicknell / World Watch Monitor
  • Brendan Bromwich / Consultant
  • Sir Paul Coleridge / Marriage Foundation
  • Andy Corley / Quadralene Ltd
  • Beat Fasnacht-Müller / Businessman and social entrepreneur, Switzerland
  • Matthew Frost / Tearfund
  • Ram Gidoomal CBE / Fair Trade Pioneers Traidcraft plc, Traidcraft Exchange
  • Dr. The Lord Maurice Glasman / London Metropolitan University
  • Dr Khataza Gondwe / Christian Solidarity Worldwide
  • Dr Janet Goodall / University of Bath
  • Professor Prabhu Guptara, William Carey University, India
  • Beris Gwynne / World Vision International, Switzerland
  • Robert Hall / Author and speaker, USA
  • Per Holmström / Region Örebro County, Sweden
  • Dr Justine Huxley / St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
  • Dr Nick Isbister / Listening Partnership Ltd
  • Revd Dr Jeremy Ive / Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives
  • H.E. Peter Kallaghe / High Commissioner for the United Republic of Tanzania
  • John Kennedy / Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
  • Trish Knight / Whole Systems Partnership Ltd
  • Dr Danny Kruger / Political commentator, co-founder of Only Connect
  • Professor Dale Kuehne / Saint Anselm College, USA
  • Jeff Latsa / Global Hope Network International, Switzerland
  • Jeremy Lefroy / Member of Parliament
  • Rob Loe / Relational Schools Project
  • Dr Ted Malloch / Saïd Business School
  • Jill McLachlan / The Academy for Chief Executives
  • Prof. Colleen McLaughlin / University of Sussex
  • Dr Paul Mills / IMF (speaking in his own capacity)
  • Dr Koleka Mlisana / University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
  • Dr Zolile Mlisana / District Hospital in Soweto, Forensa, South Africa
  • Vincent Neate / KPMG
  • Pádraig Ó Tuama / Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland
  • Susan Pinker / Author, Canada
  • Prof. Julian Rivers / University of Bristol Law School
  • Adrian Sieff / The Health Foundation
  • Dr Sarah Snyder / Rose Castle International Centre for Reconciliation
  • David Strang QPM / HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Scotland
  • Richard Thorby / Matrix Consulting
  • Dr Arleen Westerhof / European Economic Summit, Netherlands
  • Prof. Bob White FRS / University of Cambridge
  • Tim Young / Renuma Consulting Ltd

Responses from participants and speakers were enthusiastic and included the following:

“I was amazed at the variety of contents presented and the quality of the presentations”

“I appreciate the wide range of speakers/backgrounds/industries”

“I was surprised by the breadth of the subject…”

“Very thought provoking, and good opportunity to network with others of like mind”.

“Was great to be presented with material outside my realm of interest”

“Thank you. Two days well spent”

New Initiatives

The Relational Academics Forum held its first public Symposium on 16 September, Chaired by Professor Julian Rivers, and focused on the carefully chosen fields of Theorizing and Measuring Relationality, Relational Perspectives on Social Development, on Health Care, and on Corporate Governance & Finance (authors: Brendan Bromwich, Dr. Paul Grimshaw, Dr. Henk Hadders, Dr Jeremy G.A. Ive, Peter Lacey, Sarah Pawlett Jackson, Professor Linda McGowan, Dr. Elaine McNichol, Dr. Zolile Mlisana, Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh and Lorna Zischka). The 25 participants decided that the initiative should be continued, and a committee is tasked to organize the 2nd Symposium next year. If interested in the Forum or the Symposium, please contact Ms Marjon Busstra, m.busstra@relationalresearch.org

 

 

13 Mar

Registration for 2015 International Conference now open!

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We’re pleased to announce that registration for the 2015 Relational Thinking International Conference is now open! You can register here.

You can expect a full two-day programme with interesting and inspiring speakers. Some of those who have confirmed are

  • Sir Paul Coleridge (UK), Former high court judge in the family division. Founder and chairman of Marriage Foundation.
  • Prabhu Guptara (India), Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Management and Public Policy, William Carey University.
  • Beris Gwynne (Australia), Director and Representative to the UN for World Vision International in Geneva, Switzerland ; former Australian Diplomat.
  • Robert E. Hall (USA), Author, Consultant, and former company Co-Founder and CEO.
  • Per Holmström (Sweden),Manager, EU Funds for East Central Sweden 2014-2020.
  • Rob Loe (UK),Education Research Director, Relational Schools Project.
  • Dr Michael Schluter CBE (UK), Author, speaker, and founder of the Relational Thinking movement.
  • Dato’ Dr Kim Tan (Malaysia), Founder and Chairman, NCI Cancer Hospital (Malaysia)  and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
  • Dr. Robert White (UK), Professor of Geophysics in the Earth Sciences department at Cambridge University.

For more names, a briefing paper on Relational Risk and tickets, please visit the Conference web page. We hope to be able to welcome you in Cambridge in September!

08 Apr

Annual Conference 2014

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – April 8, 2014  Details of the forthcoming annual conference of the Relational Thinking Network have been made available on our website. This year, the conference will be held in South Africa and open to all members of the Relational Thinking Network.

More information about the conference, including booking forms, can be found here.

 

Further information

If you have any queries, please direct them to Sally Bertlin at the following address: S.Bertlin@jubilee-centre.org