Group relations theory offers a dynamic lens for exploring conscious and unconscious behavior within groups, organizations, and social systems. More specifically, group relations thinking offers insight into our experiences of group life across different contexts (i.e., within the multiple systems that make up daily life), such as in our families, the workplace, and society at large.
Through group relations, we can explore in more depth the interplay between leadership and authority, membership, and group identity, to better understand our own behavior in groups, as well as that of others.
The group relations approach to learning is through experience. Thus, a group relations conference (GRC) is an experiential learning opportunity to study one's experience in a temporary organizational system. A GRC is an intensive participatory process that gives members the opportunity to study their own behavior as it happens in real time without the distractions of everyday social niceties, workplace pressures, or protocols. In this unique environment, hidden aspects of our every day are often brought to light. These behaviors and their meanings are engaged and explored in ways not usually considered. Typically, a team of consultants assist the group in determining what thoughts, feelings, and actions – both conscious and unconscious – support our effectiveness and which detract from it. Participants in experiential conferences often report “aha” moments that can last for days, months or even years.
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The New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems is a nonprofit organization that brings together a rich community of devoted professionals and students to explore the vast world of group dynamics, rooted in the Tavistock Model of Group Relations.
We are a regional affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI), a national group relations community of students, teachers, and practitioners.
The New York Center is led by the Executive Committee, a membership-elected body which includes various leadership roles serving terms of three years.
Mineko (Anne) Legendy
Mette Charis Buchman
The New York Center has been hosting events for over 30 years. See below for a summary of our events. Click here for upcoming AKRI-sponsored conferences.
The New York Center
408 W. 34th Street, Suite 1B
New York, NY 10001
We are always looking for new members to help create a dynamic and energetic organization that leads the way in understanding, applying, and innovating group relations theories and concepts.
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