Developing professional and organisational relationships through reciprocity and writing, with Anna Fairtlough. RSVP by 16 August

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Developing professional and organisational relationships through reciprocity and writing, with Anna Fairtlough. RSVP by 16 August

Time: August 18, 2017 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Location: Roots and Shoots
Street: Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington Road
City/Town: London SE11 6DN
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Phone: 020-7587-1131
Event Type: amed, writers', group, workshop
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Aug 14, 2017

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to another engaging AMED Writers’ Group workshop.  More optional conversations in the Ship Inn afterwards.  Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to spread the word.

Reciprocity, OST and writing 

The Summer 2017 edition of e-Organisations & People explored the phenomenon of reciprocity in organisational life.  Anna, who co-guest edited that edition, will facilitate an interactive exploration of this topic, enabling participants to discover the latest thinking regarding OST and reciprocity, and assess its relevance for their own practices.

Anna’s interest in  reciprocity arose during her research into the value of the ‘Solihull Approach’ in family support. This combines the ‘dance of reciprocity’ (a psychological model based on observations of sustainable interactions between infants and carers) with the psychodynamic concept of ‘containment’ and behaviour management.  There are recognisable stages in the waxing and waning of reciprocal relationships, which are marked by moments of rupture and repair.  Anna proposes that this framework is also useful as way of thinking about personal and organisational systems.

How we might co-inquire

After some context-setting, we'll co-create the agenda reciprocally, using Open Space Technology. Possible issues include: reciprocity and facilitation practice; reciprocity across difference and inequality; reciprocity between hosts and guests; reciprocity within and between human and non-human worlds; and a possible ‘shadow’ side of reciprocity.  To end, we'll share insights and consider future OST collaborations, including a planned project in Andalucia in May 2018, and links to the AWG session on 20 October 2017 on ‘Sharing experiences of facilitation through writing’.

About Anna

Anna is a registered social worker, trainer and researcher with over thirty years’ experience of social work practice, management and education. Her current book (Fairtlough, A. 2017: Professional Leadership for Social Work Practitioners and Educators) addresses these issues.

Cost (payable in advance via the AMED web page by Paypal, BACS or cheque here, or on arrival): £12 for full AMED Members; £15 for Networkers and Guests.  This includes light refreshments.

RSVP: If you can, please reply by 16 August (earlier if possible). Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.  

Best wishes. Bob.  E:

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