The closing of physical borders is opening up new psychic possibilities for connection.
The Trinidad Group Relations Conference is now open to receive applicants for the online conference: 29 – 31 October. View the brochure and apply online to receive $50 Early Bird discount before 9 October.
This conference is the third collaboration between the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Caribbean Group Relations Consulting Ltd. Caribbean leadership is significant to the future of the Americas, sitting in the fulcrum between North and Latin America, and full of resources that have built Western Empires for centuries.
As the world considers what the new opportunities are for wealth, peace, stability and prosperity, the group relations methodology provides a framework to interrogate our role and authority that we exercise in pursuit of those opportunities. In addition, the methodology opens up the enfolded and sometimes hidden dynamics of the systems that shape our lives. What is the identity that makes leadership possible, who decides it and who complies with it?
In Trinidad and Tobago a few short years ago, preceding the explosion of Black Lives Matter, there was a public slogan being used regarding political and executive leadership “too black to lead”. In 2018 the term was deemed too sensitive to explore. Perhaps now, we are ready to ask the questions of our systems and those who lead them – what does it mean to be “too black to lead”?
When the people of the Caribbean are also taking to the streets in protest against police brutality and the state’s mistreatment of the poor and the darker-skinned, what emerges in the Caribbean could also yield significant lessons and learning for the other parts of the world.
Each year the Juve spirit of Bacchanal and pandemonium is unleashed during the time of the world-famous Trinidad Carnival. The Pans play and a possibility to engage with the chthonic forces of renewal and revival are also unleashed. Perhaps that is also embedded in the world Pandemic? Trinidad is the island of the Steel Pan.
We invite you to come through the medium of Zoom to a Pan festival of the mind and heart and explore what further Disruption we might encounter in order to revive our roles, ourselves and ultimately our systems.