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Ancestral meaning systems, leadership and authority

Ancestral meaning systems, leadership and authority

An online Group Relations Conference, 11-13 April 2024, organised by Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA)

You are invited to participate in the second Group Relations Conference (Ancestral Meaning Systems) organised by SIOPSA and the Interest Group in Systems Psychodynamics of Organisations (IGSPO), in association with the Tavistock Institute. 

The conference will take place online on 11, 12, 13 April 2024.

Collaborate with us in this “here and now” experience of holding the present, tapping into the ancestral past and casting our dreams into our associative unconscious as we explore what lies in the lake beneath our surface level conscious.


Our 3rd virtual dialogue, as we approach the Group Relations Conference in April, is coming up on 8 February 2024
Join Dr Inette Taylor facilitating the discussion, entitled A Lens into Ancestry, with her panel being Dr Jean Cooper, Tyrome Smith and Prof Michelle May. 
Register for your zoom link

Ancestral meaning systems also relate to our ancestors in group relations work – when we stand on the shoulders of giants to look to the here-and-now and the future. Then we also encounter ancestors in our places of work – those we can identify with and those we are uncertain how to engage with. Then, our ancestors from our familial lineage also impact our lives in ways we do not always reflect on.

At group relations conferences, group and organisational dimensions are examined not so much from the point of view of the dynamics linked to leadership and authority (which stay present, but in the background) but instead through exploration of the theme of ancestral meaning systems and their implications for leadership and authority in a global context.

The Conference additionally works on the personal/individual dimension through the construction of a setting (spaces, times and events), during which it is possible for the participant to come into contact with their own body and thoughts and with the surrounding environment, and to draw insights from these resources to deepen their understanding and knowledge of both individual leadership and authority, and that authorised on behalf of others.

This experiential learning event will therefore explore ancestral meaning systems as they relate to leadership and authority. How do ancestral meaning systems find representation in organisations? How do they impact our leadership and the authority of others in organisations? How do they authorise or deauthorise others and ourselves?

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