This book, the second in a series on Tavistock Group Relations Conferences, contains the collection of papers presented at the second Belgirate conference plus four additional papers reflecting on and making sense of several participants conference experiences. Taken together, these papers offer an exciting picture of the Group Relations enterprise as it continues to adapt and innovate its approaches to the practice of Group Relations conferences globally. It will be of interest to members of the group relations community as well as others who are agents of change and development in their professions and organisations, and who might use group relations thinking in their research, management, consultancy or educational roles.
Preface and Acknowledgements -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Adaptation and Innovation in Theory -- The ‘plurability of experience’: Looking afresh at the large group -- Leadership: The impact of the full human being in role -- “Doth my father yet live” Psychoanalysis and group relations conferences: Revisited -- Adaptation and Innovation in Design -- Italian group relations conferences between adaptation and innovation -- The community system: Inter-subjective approaches to group relations -- A world of difference: Lessons and innovations on the study of race, authority and identity -- Adaptation and Innovation in Role Taking and Application -- Learning to consult with wonder: One approach to preparing group relations consultants -- Knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing: The application of group relations to organizational development and change with a financial institution -- Exploring Jewish identity, belonging and leadership through the lens of group relations: Reflections and challenges -- Identity, leadership, and authority: Experiences in application of group relations concepts for dalit empowerment in India -- Post Conference Reflections -- A walk out before mourning dawn: Reflections on innovations and adaptations at the boundary -- Is group relations a good regulator? Ritualization as a basic assumption mentality -- Crossing multiple boundaries: Reflections on the Belgirate II experience -- Learning from experience: The two international group relations meetings in Belgirate