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Leslie Brissett Seminar – ‘Light and Shade: Working Across Cultural Boundaries’

December 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Dr Leslie Brissett is the Director of the Group relations Programme at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and has kindly agreed to lead a seminar on ‘Working Across Cultural Boundaries’ on Thursday 5th of December at 6.30pm. The seminar topic foreshadows the theme of GRA’s 2020 conference.

Leslie has directed the last four Leicester Conferences. He has also been centrally involved in many international Group Relations Conferences, including being on staff at the GRA 2018 conference – ‘Collaboration and Competition’ and the 2019 NIODA Working Conference, ‘Identity, Gender, Authority and Community at Work’. He was also a Member British Psychoanalytic Council’s Independent Scrutiny and Advisory Committee, the first attempt at engaging a lay audience in debates around the promotion of the profession and protecting the public.

Human systems are constructed and as such are always loaded with meaning and carry embedded assumptions about “self” and “other”. The linking of these two apparent opposites, is rooted in the location of the boundary between the two, It is the boundary that connects and simultaneously creates the apparent opposites. Leslie holds the view that in a Group relations context, we can actually experience the boundary and so develop capacities to live and work in the interconnected, interdependent spaces that hold us together. This could be articulated as a lived experience of “liminality”, the threshold into disorientation and ambiguity, a gift from the group relations learning environment.

Leslie brings an experienced and powerful perspective to issues of working across cultural boundaries – from the Leicester and other group relations conferences and from his consulting work with executive groups in a wide range of organisations. Leslie says, “it would be a privilege to encounter “others” in a shared exploration of authority, role and the mediation of boundaries.” This promises to be a space of inquiry for senior managers, consultants and anyone interested in the current challenges of engaging in role in our interdependent cultural matrix.

Booking fee:
Members: $45 /  Non-members: $60

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