Relational Change was organised by its co-founders (Marie-Anne Chidiac and Sally Denham-Vaughan) as a response to a predominant culture that promotes individualism, disengagement and apathy in the face of serious social, spiritual, economic and ecological crises. As psychotherapists and organisational practitioners, the co-founders of RC recognised that as humans, although we are wired for empathy, we instead witness increasing breakdown in all forms of relationship leading to isolation, conflict and competition over resources.
RC was established in February 2013 and runs as a not-for-profit organisation to promote a relational approach in all walks of life. We help individuals, couples, families, teams, organisations and communities to find improved outcomes through better relationships. Since inception, we have met regularly as a Founding Community to clarify our values and approach, offered a range of low-cost trainings and awareness events, provided organisational consultancy, training and coaching on Relational topics, presented at conferences and published papers in journals. We have a future programme including week long community development residential training events at the Findhorn Foundation and Community and modular training programmes in Organisational Development and Psychotherapy.
We develop our organisation through a three pronged strategic approach:
– Building a Community of Values; providing a support network to relational practitioners in Europe
– Capacity building and Research; through Organisational Development and Training.
– Community Action; to promote and engage people in The Relational Movement.
To deliver our strategy, we work with associates and affiliated centres in the UK and Europe.
We are also the partner of ‘The Relational Center’, in Los Angeles and of ‘Relational Matters’, in Australia. Together, as The Relational Movement, we are hosting a Global Summit, “The Relational Turn 3.0” at Esalen, California in March, 2015.
All upcoming events can be found at our website: www.relationalchange.org
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Relational Change Charter and Statement of Principles
As explained above, we know that human beings need nourishing relationships. Yet today, many of us struggle to find a world where we belong and one that feels welcoming, hopeful and sustainable for ourselves and future generations. As individuals, couples, families, teams, organisations and communities we all witness how breakdown in relationships so often leads to isolation, competition and conflict over resources.
At Relational Change we believe that a better world can be built through better relationships: both between people and with our non-human environment.
We judge this aspiration is best served by a new global vision of interdependence; one that recognises the interconnected nature of our lives on this planet. Vitally, this means learning skills to live and work with awareness and understanding of our fundamental interdependence – emotionally, economically and ecologically.
We appreciate that better relationships flourish in supportive environments and contexts, where we care about both our impact and our intentions.
Together with our international partners and emerging communities in the Relational Movement, we aim to help develop and sustain such environments through a variety of organizing strategies and culture spreading tools: these include use of Relational Public Narrative and creation of both Community Action Networks, (CANs), and Communities of Practice, (COPs).
All actions are guided and informed by a number of key principles:
- Health is social, physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological; well-being is holistic and inter-connected.
- Demonstrating compassion, interest and support are building blocks of nourishing relationships.
- Valuing diversity and practicing inclusion builds strengths in groups and organizations.
- Attention to and appreciation of strengths, resources and skills builds capacities for resilience and well-being.
- Collaboration and shared leadership promotes more sustainable solutions.
At Relational Change we aim to support these principles and develop key skills through developing a community of values, training initiatives/capacity building and locally based shared leadership projects, (CANs and COPs). In particular, we hope to support providers of health/social care, therapies, education, organizational and community projects to collaborate on sustainable local initiatives.
Finally, we also recognize the need to speak out and act in the face of anti-relational practices that create conflict, bullying, destructive competition, environmental harm, exploitation, isolation, violence and oppression for individuals, couples, families, teams, organisations and communities.
Sally Denham-Vaughan and Marie-Anne Chidiac: April 2014.