GRA 2020 Conference: ‘Working with Diversity: Exploring the dynamics of cross-cultural relations in groups, organisations and communities’
November 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - November 27, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
A residential group relations conference. 22-27 November 2020, Melbourne, Australia
To study cultural diversity and its influence upon group behaviour and interpersonal relations in the temporary organisation that is the conference.
The purpose of the conference is to provide opportunities to learn about the dynamics of cultural diversity and its influence upon productive working relations.
It is a unique learning opportunity where participants are assisted to navigate and make sense of their experiences in organisations and beyond.
Staff work with participants to understand the ways individuals and groups take up roles and exercise authority in the face of irrational group dynamics.
The conference is designed as a temporary organisation of staff and participants who together work on a primary task over six days, and in the process co-create an organisational culture that can be studied in real-time.
“A group relations conference is an experiential laboratory where individuals can immerse themselves in systems dynamics and develop their capacity to have a public voice.”
(Shapiro, 2019 p. 59)