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Present

Future

We are simply trying to hold space for

people interested in group relations work.

We serve as a home for people who have experienced the power of group relations work, particularly in combination with spirituality and social justice. We want to nurture the GR network by offering a place to co-create as individuals and/or organizations. We are open to collaboration around group relations conferences and application events, writing, reflecting and meeting. We offer to stay connected with “the work” in various ways. We pay attention to where the energy takes us.

 

The programs we offer at this moment are listed in the activities section.

As we are growing in numbers, we are beginning to create local (and virtual) communities that people may join to nurture “the work.”

Past

Close to twenty years ago GRI was conceived on the back porch of a house in Washington DC with three people: one person from Palestine,

one from the US and one from the Netherlands. A few years later a small group of five individuals from across the globe built on this initial foundation and explored the energies and connections between each other and committed to harnessing this energy for the good of the world.

 

As a result, GRI was born. Our passion centers around Group Relations, Social Justice, and Spirituality. Feeling that over-imposing too much structure on the organization was not in service of our larger intention, our leadership model looked quite different from other nonprofit organizations in that whoever had more energy took the lead to organize events, often in pairs.

 

The general philosophy guiding founding members is that everyone is equal, and must trust each other, working both collaboratively and independently, but most importantly, fluidly. The first GRI-community started in the Netherlands when the five co-founders created GRI.

 

Now active GRI communities are present in San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, and Denmark. We have GRI Co-creators in many cities in the US and in the following countries: The Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Poland, Singapore, India, Denmark, Jamaica, Israel and Australia.

Past Events

Evangeline Sarda, JD


evangeline.sarda@bc.edu

Boston, MA USA

Evangeline Sarda, JD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Faculty Director, Leaders Entering and Advancing Public Service (LEAPS), Prosecution Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Board member, Group Relations International (GRI). Treasurer, the Research and Education Collaborative with Al-Quds University. Past Postgraduate Fellow, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Member: AKRI, Midwest Center, NY Center, CSGSS (former board member).





Impact

While it may be difficult to quantify specific outcomes of GRI, there is a deep knowing that it provides the container that activates the potential for the transformation of people, groups and systems. When people interact with GRI through any of its core ways of being – group relations, social justice or spirituality --, it changes the way they look at themselves, their role, their group, their organization, the system and ultimately, the world.

In changing the way of looking at the world, it changes the way of being in the world – the cultures we create, the communities we connect with, the decisions we make, and ultimately, the way we lead and impact others and our environment.

 

GRI creates community through the energy that people bring to it. A group relations conference or training, a virtual event, ongoing participation in one of our groups, or a retreat often leaves people with many reflections, questions and insights about their lives and the context in which this takes place. People then seek each other out to continue the conversations and talk about application and come back for other events. In many instances GRI offers a place (literally or in the mind) of belonging for people.

GRI TEAM

Volunteer Staff

Zachary Green, Ph.D


zacharygabrielgreen@gmail.com

San Diego, CA USA

Zachary Gabriel Green, Ph.D. is a co-founder of Group Relations International and a fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute. Celebrating 30 years of group relations work, Zachary has directed nearly 20 conferences and staffed dozens more in the United States and internationally. He directed the first all-Black staff group relations conference 20 years ago in Washington, DC. His article on The BART Method of Organizational Analysis, co-authored with his husband, René Molenkamp is frequently assigned at colleges and universities where group relations principles are practiced.





Anjet van Linge


www.anjetvanlinge.nl

zij@anjetvanlinge.nl

Den Andel, NED

Anjet is a founding member of Group Relations International, who currently holds the buoy in the Netherlands. Anjet is an artist who enjoys the manual feeling of reshaping material into a new creation. Her work has been described as spiritual minimalism. She gives credit to her mother for teaching her to truly look at the world around and within her.





Amber Williams - Blog Curator


amberwillams@sandiego.edu

Villanova, PA USA

In 2016, I was introduced to the work of group relations through my graduate program at the University of San Diego. Though extremely uncomfortable and quite unnerving at times, I found myself more curious than anything. Since then, my curiosity has led me down a path of many conferences and trainings which have connected me deeper to myself and to a community I can call home. As a younger person in the field, my desire is to make this work more accessible to the millenial and gen z population so that it may live on and improve our ever changing and increasingly diverse world.





Board of Directors

Peter Shapiro


pashapiro@gmail.com

Washington DC, MD

My connection to GRI goes back over a decade including serving as a founding circle member, board member, co-creator and co-responsible of Coaches for Causes. It has been a joyful, productive and rewarding association with an assemblage of warm and inspiring people. I continue to find the nexus of group relations, spirituality and social justice to be refreshing and inspiring.





Suzanne Weeks


suzanne.weeks@gmail.com

St. Legier, Switzerland

GRI is a place where I feel I can contribute part of who I am for those who have less than me, and receive from others who offer me what I need in different moments. I have been involved in GRI for many years, most recently on the Board and through Coaches4Causes where I give and gain energy by linking good causes with one of our wonderful coaches. www.coaches4causes.org





Zachary Green, Ph.D


zacharygabrielgreen@gmail.com

San Diego, CA USA

Zachary Gabriel Green, Ph.D. is a co-founder of Group Relations International and a fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute. Celebrating 30 years of group relations work, Zachary has directed nearly 20 conferences and staffed dozens more in the United States and internationally. He directed the first all-Black staff group relations conference 20 years ago in Washington, DC. His article on The BART Method of Organizational Analysis, co-authored with his husband, René Molenkamp is frequently assigned at colleges and universities where group relations principles are practiced.





Evangeline Sarda, JD


evangeline.sarda@bc.edu

Boston, MA USA

Evangeline Sarda, JD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Faculty Director, Leaders Entering and Advancing Public Service (LEAPS), Prosecution Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Board member, Group Relations International (GRI). Treasurer, the Research and Education Collaborative with Al-Quds University. Past Postgraduate Fellow, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Member: AKRI, Midwest Center, NY Center, CSGSS (former board member).





Former Board of Directors

Anjet van Linge


www.anjetvanlinge.nl

zij@anjetvanlinge.nl

Den Andel, NED

Anjet is a founding member of Group Relations International, who currently holds the buoy in the Netherlands. Anjet is an artist who enjoys the manual feeling of reshaping material into a new creation. Her work has been described as spiritual minimalism. She gives credit to her mother for teaching her to truly look at the world around and within her.





Jodi Austin - Administrator


jodiraustin@gmail.com

El Cajon, CA USA

Group Relations entered my life quietly in 2013. My involvement with GRI has made available both conscious and unconscious processes present in life. Over the years, I have served in various capacities. I currently serve as the GRI administrator and also a coach for C4C.





René Molenkamp


www.renemolenkamp.com

renemolenkamp@gmail.com

San Diego, CA USA

My first group relations experience in 1992 profoundly influenced my life. Since then I have incorporated and applied group relations thinking in many of my professional activities as a therapist, coach, consultant and teacher. As the executive director of GRI, I want to make group relations experiences accessible for and available to many people and continue to build a group relations network. I strongly believe that the group relations methodology together with attention to social justice and spirituality can make the world a better place.