03 May

Thought Leadership Day: The Relational Agenda for Transforming Society


15th September 2017
St Catharine’s College
£100 – Partner
£120 – Non-partner

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. If you have any questions, please email Joshua Hemmings at j.hemmings@relationalresearch.org

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The Programme

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.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:10 Introduction to the dayBeris Gwynne
9:10 – 9:45 Where is the Relational Thinking movement going?Dr Michael Schluter CBE
9:45 – 10:45 Plenary: Introduction to Measuring Stakeholder RelationshipsTim Young (TBC) and Clive Parry



John Ashcroft and Michael Schluter

10:45 – 11:30 Coffee 

Track 1

Track 2 

11:30 – 12:30

Relational Companies

Speakers TBC

Relational Schools

Dr Rob Loe

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30

Relational Finance and

Job- Creation

Tim Jones

Relational Europe

David Lee

2:30 – 3:00 Coffee
3:00 – 4:00

Relational Government

John Ashcroft, Michael Trend and David Strang

Relational Peacebuilding

Beris Gwynne and Jeremy Ive

4:00 – 5:00

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