Through a visual display we present an historical overview of the group relations work in the Tavistock tradition done in South Africa as a way of thinking about our future contributions through group relations work. We focus on the different organisations/role players that offered and are still offering group relations interventions in the different spheres of daily life in South Africa. The various contributions of the Tavistock Institute to the South African fraternity is also be highlighted.
Using the visual display as backdrop, ideas from the socio-photo matrix are used to present an interactive session to explore how lessons learnt from our history may help to influence and guide our group relations work in South Africa and internationally in the future. Based on the assumption that photographs of group relations work are not just ‘subjective impressions’, but representations of ‘group relations in the mind’, we invited participants to bring photographs of their Group Relations work from different settings. These photos were the central vehicle for exploring role players’ retrospective views on their group relations work, as well as looking forward to their ongoing contributions. Through this, learnings from the past, current opportunities and challenges were be explored.
Through photographs and re-membering the THEN during the workshop we explored our contributions through group relations practice to the NOW and the FUTURE in different international settings.