24 May

Thought Leadership Day: The Relational Agenda for Transforming Society – 15 September

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.

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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



John 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 GovernmentJohn 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