Group Relations Conference:
Authority and Leadership In Groups and Organizations Visible & Invisible
June 6-10, 2018
Beijing, Conference Center of Petrochina Transportation China
Language: English & Mandarin
Effective leadership and the meaningful exercise of authority require more than intellectual and technical understanding. The Group Relations model in the Tavistock tradition provides a well-defined context within which to examine group-level forces and dynamics as they occur in the hereand-now. As people work in groups, families and other social systems, their participation takes on many different meanings - influencing thoughts, feelings and action. The confluence of individual meanings powerfully affects the identities, roles and authority we take on in groups, schools, organizations, institutions, communities and society.
This Conference is designed for individuals who wish to study the exercise of authority in groups and understand more about their experiences and reactions to exercising and encountering authority.
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Il Nodo presents
ENERGY, CREATIVE COLLABORATION AND WELLBEING IN ORGANIZATIONS
June 14-17, 2018
The primary task of this conference is to offer participants the opportunity to explore how awareness of energetic resources and creative collaboration can introduce wellbeing into the organisations to which they belong.
The challenge of this work is to extend the field of attention to the unconscious as it manifests itself at the level both of the body and of the matter.
Interdependence and relatedness, essential for any kind of systemic thinking, will also be explored during the events that facilitate learning through contact with individual and group energy and our relationship with nature.
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Die Hard Dreamers:
Leadership and Authority in an Era of Disruption
July 20-25, 2018
Tulane University, Louisiana
Images in popular culture and the emergence of multiple interest groups seeking validation, political and civil rights have created a global drama. In response we require new skills and perceptual capacities to not only cope but also to act effectively as leaders and citizens. In this new (dis)order can we dream of something different? What happens to ‘old’ and ‘repetitive’ dreams? How do we support or make change with or without heroic effort? Can we mobilize our unique individual qualities within the powerful vortex of group forces?
A Group Relations conference offers opportunities to bring in the real world for study. This requires courage, openness and ability to look within ourselves, and offer opportunities to learn to see outside ourselves, to comprehend the systemic patterns and forces at play in our shared world. In this conference we will find many differences as well as commonalities, in a deeply felt and challenging experience that offers no easy answers but a safe space to experiment and experience.
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The Leicester Conference:
Task, Authority, Organization
August 4-17, 2018
The Tavistock Institute's annual Group Relations residential conference, which has been running since 1957, is designed for those who are looking to develop their leadership and managerial capacity to effect change in work groups and organisations and to improve their ability to work with complex and challenging issues.
The Leicester conference provides unique and exciting opportunities for you to learn through experience about group, organisational and social dynamics and the exercise of authority and power. How to get the most out of your team, generating goodwill and employee ‘buy-in’ – followership – and understanding and working with your own and your organisation’s resistance to change.
For more information, or to register online, see here.
Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities present
Exclusion, Resentment and the Return of the Repressed Europe in a Globalized world
August 30-Sept 3, 2018
Den Dolder, The Netherlands
The European Union was built in the shadow of the Holocaust in the aftermath of the war, partly to avoid a repetition of that past tragedy.
Was it only a dream or an ideal?
Old paradigms are being challenged by events such as Brexit, mass migration, financial instability and terrorist attacks. Feelings of exclusion and inclusion fuel resentment and paranoia which permeate the psyche, identity, culture and politics.
What is going on beneath the surface?
PCCA has a long standing tradition in applying Group Relations methods to study societal issues - German and Israeli, Palestinians, West and East Europeans and others globally - through the experience of conference participants, assisted by experienced international staff.
This conference is to be a continuation of this stream and is a unique opportunity to explore these not only what is immediately manifest above the surface, but also affects and fantasies, sources of what is going on in Europe beneath the surface from the past into the present, in an increasingly globalized world.
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3rd Epoch Network
Bureau Kensington, Inc is excited to announce the formation of the 3rd Epoch Network, an invitation-only community exploring Lacanian psychoanalytic frames for exploring organisations and their ecosystems and networks. The group will meet fortnightly under the consultation of respected Lacanian Philip Boxer, focusing either on one particular originating situation that raises questions of/challenges to practice, or discussing the ways in which close readings of selected papers/chapters relate to the issues raised by these situations.
While this network is currently invitation-only, if you are interested in taking part in future opportunities, please click here.