8th Annual Relational Coordination Research Collaborative (RCRC) Roundtable
Relational Dynamics of Multi-Level Systems Change
September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gutman Conference Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
We live in a time of rising inequality, growing racial, ethnic and gender tensions, escalating climate change and growing precarity of work. The time is ripe for multi-level systems change.
At this year’s Roundtable, the RCRC will explore the relational dynamics of multi-level systems change. From interpersonal to organizational to institutional, change requires new ways of coordinating our roles in relationship with one another. The RCRC will explore how change is playing out in schools, in universities, in health systems, in our cities and towns, in the public sector, in nonprofits, and in the private sector. They will explore how high-quality relationships can contribute to these changes.
Welcoming activities Thursday afternoon will include a visit to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on the Boston waterfront, a Boston Harbor Cruise, a design lab at the Boston Office of Urban Mechanics, a visit to the MIT Media Lab, and more. Colleagues from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offered to host a patient care redesign lab using lean and RC principles, followed by a tour of nearby Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
Another highlight is a Friday afternoon panel on “Leading and Supporting RC Change from the C-Suite.” They also have two fabulous keynote speakers – Phil Thompson from MIT and the NYC Mayor’s Office will talk about using principles of social movements to engage in systems change – and Amy Edmondson from Harvard Business School will share how teaming can happen across multiple levels to achieve coordinated systems change. Join us as we leverage relational coordination, teaming, social movements and more to discover effective methods for creating and sustaining systems change, starting with “being the change you wish to see in the world.”