Exploring authority & systems:

Exploring authority & systems:

The courage to lead curiously. A Group Relations Conference in South Africa this May.


3 March 2019

The courage to lead curiously.

For the past three million years we have been shaping our world as much as we have been shaped by it. A temporary world composed of dynamic human systems. Intertwined and imperfect. Beautiful and destructive.

But how are we contributing to the human systems of our daily experience? Dare we create spaces for curious thought about how we are being and working together? Spaces that invite the examination of both our creative and destructive tendencies, lest we simply contend with spotting the good in ourselves and the bad in the Other?

I believe that leaders have an immense responsibility to enable their teams, organisations and nations to think. I believe that curiosity sheds light, shows cracks, asks questions, opens possibilities and connects people, while defensiveness conceals, attacks, blames and divides. Let’s take the human race forward. Let’s dare, exploring our own experience in our roles and institutions, even if it may seem curious to others…

To my knowledge, there is no better methodology than a Group Relations Conference for enabling and containing the here-and-now study of human relations. Since its inception in 1957, this methodology, inspired and led by the Tavistock Institute in the UK, has been applied, adapted and improved in a variety of settings worldwide.

I therefore warmly invite you. Join us as we continue our curiosity and learning here, in Africa, where it all began.

In anticipation,

Jean Cooper
Conference Director

Dr Eliat Aram, CEO of the Tavistock Institute, is one of the Associate Directors at this conference.

The conference is from 13-17 May 2019 at the Alpha Conference Centre, Cradle of Humankind, Broederstroom, South Africa.

More information and the registration form can be found here and if you have any questions, email Mncedisi Nkhoma, Conference Administrator: +27 (0) 73 626 6151.

You can download a conference brochure here.

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