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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

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.





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

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.





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.





How do I unroll my chair mat?


Remove your mat from its outer packaging and and allow it to warm thoroughly at room temperature, or warmer, before unrolling. Ensure the textured surface of the chair mat is facing upwards. (grippers or the shiny surface should face down, depending on whether you have a carpet chair mat or a hard floor chair mat). Place flat weighted items such as books on to the corners of the mat and in the centre. You mar will gradually regain an retain its flat state. This could take up to 72 hours, depending on the environmental conditions.
Once thoroughly warmed through, unroll the mat onto a totally flat and even floor. We recommend using two people to do this.




Which way up does my chair mat go?


For hard floor chair mats, ensure the smoothest side is face down on the floor. The upper side is lightly textured. For carpet floor chair mats, the grippers must face the carpet, and the smoother side faces up.




How long does a chair mat take to unroll?


Unpack your mat and leave for a minimum of 72 hours at room temperature. Depending on environmental temperature, it may take 72 hours for the mat to regain its natural flat format. The warmer the environment the quicker the mat will revert to its flat format and be ready for use.




Why do I need a chair mat?


Floortex chairmats are a cost-effective way to protect your expensive floor coverings from loss of appearance, wear and damage. A Floortex chair mat will help to extend the life of your floors by spreading out the pressure from your chair casters. Using a chair mat gives a better rolling surface for your office chair, this may help to reduce fatigue, leg and back strain.




How do I choose a chair mat?


We have designed a range of mats in a wide selection of shapes, backings and materials to suit your different requirements. Use our easy 'How to Choose A Chair Mat' Guide in the office products section of the Floortex website. Determine the maximum area that you need your chair to move and then pick the shape and size best suited to cover these dimensions. If you need a mat to go on a carpeted floor you will need to determine how thick your carpet is including any underlay / padding. This information is needed in order that you can select a mat that will perform best on your floor covering. The underside of our mats is either cleated for use on carpet or smooth for use on hard floors. We also have a range of polycarbonate mats with an anti-slip finish on the underside of the mat for use on highly polished or high gloss hard floors.




Where can I buy a Floortex chair mat?


Visit the Stockists page to find out the recommended places to buy Floortex products.




Can I cut my chair mat to size?


We would not recommend cutting your Floortex mat. Floortex mats are precision cut to size using specialist equipment. Cutting may damage your mat and could impair performance (as it may cause it to crack). Modifying a Floortex product in any way will also invalidate the guarantee. Cutting your mat is undertaken entirely at your own risk.
Floortex does not accept any responsibility for any damage or injury caused while cutting its mats.




What is the difference between PVC and Polycarbonate chair mats?


Polycarbonate chair mats are rigid, resilient mats, virtually unbreakable and suitable for use with underfloor heating systems. Polycarbonate mats will offer exceptional clarity and will not curl, crack, dimple, smell or discolour in normal use. Chair mats manufactured from PVC (Polyvinylchloride) are softer and more pliable than Polycarbonate (PC) mats. PVC chair mats are an affordable, long-lasting option to protect your floors. PVC mats have a slightly cloudy appearance and are not suitable for use with underfloor heating.




Do any Floortex Chair Mats have a bevelled edge?


Floortex Megamat Chair Mat does have a bevelled edge. Megamat is manufactured from a much thicker polycarbonate material than our standard Chair Mats. A bevelled edge is applied to the Megamat to ensure that chair users can roll on and off the mat with ease. All other Floortex Chair Mats do not have a bevelled edge. Our material formulations are designed for strength and durability and have a thinner profile, which means there is no need for a bevelled edge on a standard Floortex chair mat.





Board of Directors

How do I unroll my chair mat?


Remove your mat from its outer packaging and and allow it to warm thoroughly at room temperature, or warmer, before unrolling. Ensure the textured surface of the chair mat is facing upwards. (grippers or the shiny surface should face down, depending on whether you have a carpet chair mat or a hard floor chair mat). Place flat weighted items such as books on to the corners of the mat and in the centre. You mar will gradually regain an retain its flat state. This could take up to 72 hours, depending on the environmental conditions.
Once thoroughly warmed through, unroll the mat onto a totally flat and even floor. We recommend using two people to do this.




Which way up does my chair mat go?


For hard floor chair mats, ensure the smoothest side is face down on the floor. The upper side is lightly textured. For carpet floor chair mats, the grippers must face the carpet, and the smoother side faces up.




How long does a chair mat take to unroll?


Unpack your mat and leave for a minimum of 72 hours at room temperature. Depending on environmental temperature, it may take 72 hours for the mat to regain its natural flat format. The warmer the environment the quicker the mat will revert to its flat format and be ready for use.




Why do I need a chair mat?


Floortex chairmats are a cost-effective way to protect your expensive floor coverings from loss of appearance, wear and damage. A Floortex chair mat will help to extend the life of your floors by spreading out the pressure from your chair casters. Using a chair mat gives a better rolling surface for your office chair, this may help to reduce fatigue, leg and back strain.




How do I choose a chair mat?


We have designed a range of mats in a wide selection of shapes, backings and materials to suit your different requirements. Use our easy 'How to Choose A Chair Mat' Guide in the office products section of the Floortex website. Determine the maximum area that you need your chair to move and then pick the shape and size best suited to cover these dimensions. If you need a mat to go on a carpeted floor you will need to determine how thick your carpet is including any underlay / padding. This information is needed in order that you can select a mat that will perform best on your floor covering. The underside of our mats is either cleated for use on carpet or smooth for use on hard floors. We also have a range of polycarbonate mats with an anti-slip finish on the underside of the mat for use on highly polished or high gloss hard floors.




Where can I buy a Floortex chair mat?


Visit the Stockists page to find out the recommended places to buy Floortex products.




Can I cut my chair mat to size?


We would not recommend cutting your Floortex mat. Floortex mats are precision cut to size using specialist equipment. Cutting may damage your mat and could impair performance (as it may cause it to crack). Modifying a Floortex product in any way will also invalidate the guarantee. Cutting your mat is undertaken entirely at your own risk.
Floortex does not accept any responsibility for any damage or injury caused while cutting its mats.




What is the difference between PVC and Polycarbonate chair mats?


Polycarbonate chair mats are rigid, resilient mats, virtually unbreakable and suitable for use with underfloor heating systems. Polycarbonate mats will offer exceptional clarity and will not curl, crack, dimple, smell or discolour in normal use. Chair mats manufactured from PVC (Polyvinylchloride) are softer and more pliable than Polycarbonate (PC) mats. PVC chair mats are an affordable, long-lasting option to protect your floors. PVC mats have a slightly cloudy appearance and are not suitable for use with underfloor heating.




Do any Floortex Chair Mats have a bevelled edge?


Floortex Megamat Chair Mat does have a bevelled edge. Megamat is manufactured from a much thicker polycarbonate material than our standard Chair Mats. A bevelled edge is applied to the Megamat to ensure that chair users can roll on and off the mat with ease. All other Floortex Chair Mats do not have a bevelled edge. Our material formulations are designed for strength and durability and have a thinner profile, which means there is no need for a bevelled edge on a standard Floortex chair mat.





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.





How do I unroll my chair mat?


Remove your mat from its outer packaging and and allow it to warm thoroughly at room temperature, or warmer, before unrolling. Ensure the textured surface of the chair mat is facing upwards. (grippers or the shiny surface should face down, depending on whether you have a carpet chair mat or a hard floor chair mat). Place flat weighted items such as books on to the corners of the mat and in the centre. You mar will gradually regain an retain its flat state. This could take up to 72 hours, depending on the environmental conditions.
Once thoroughly warmed through, unroll the mat onto a totally flat and even floor. We recommend using two people to do this.




Which way up does my chair mat go?


For hard floor chair mats, ensure the smoothest side is face down on the floor. The upper side is lightly textured. For carpet floor chair mats, the grippers must face the carpet, and the smoother side faces up.




How long does a chair mat take to unroll?


Unpack your mat and leave for a minimum of 72 hours at room temperature. Depending on environmental temperature, it may take 72 hours for the mat to regain its natural flat format. The warmer the environment the quicker the mat will revert to its flat format and be ready for use.




Why do I need a chair mat?


Floortex chairmats are a cost-effective way to protect your expensive floor coverings from loss of appearance, wear and damage. A Floortex chair mat will help to extend the life of your floors by spreading out the pressure from your chair casters. Using a chair mat gives a better rolling surface for your office chair, this may help to reduce fatigue, leg and back strain.




How do I choose a chair mat?


We have designed a range of mats in a wide selection of shapes, backings and materials to suit your different requirements. Use our easy 'How to Choose A Chair Mat' Guide in the office products section of the Floortex website. Determine the maximum area that you need your chair to move and then pick the shape and size best suited to cover these dimensions. If you need a mat to go on a carpeted floor you will need to determine how thick your carpet is including any underlay / padding. This information is needed in order that you can select a mat that will perform best on your floor covering. The underside of our mats is either cleated for use on carpet or smooth for use on hard floors. We also have a range of polycarbonate mats with an anti-slip finish on the underside of the mat for use on highly polished or high gloss hard floors.




Where can I buy a Floortex chair mat?


Visit the Stockists page to find out the recommended places to buy Floortex products.




Can I cut my chair mat to size?


We would not recommend cutting your Floortex mat. Floortex mats are precision cut to size using specialist equipment. Cutting may damage your mat and could impair performance (as it may cause it to crack). Modifying a Floortex product in any way will also invalidate the guarantee. Cutting your mat is undertaken entirely at your own risk.
Floortex does not accept any responsibility for any damage or injury caused while cutting its mats.




What is the difference between PVC and Polycarbonate chair mats?


Polycarbonate chair mats are rigid, resilient mats, virtually unbreakable and suitable for use with underfloor heating systems. Polycarbonate mats will offer exceptional clarity and will not curl, crack, dimple, smell or discolour in normal use. Chair mats manufactured from PVC (Polyvinylchloride) are softer and more pliable than Polycarbonate (PC) mats. PVC chair mats are an affordable, long-lasting option to protect your floors. PVC mats have a slightly cloudy appearance and are not suitable for use with underfloor heating.




Do any Floortex Chair Mats have a bevelled edge?


Floortex Megamat Chair Mat does have a bevelled edge. Megamat is manufactured from a much thicker polycarbonate material than our standard Chair Mats. A bevelled edge is applied to the Megamat to ensure that chair users can roll on and off the mat with ease. All other Floortex Chair Mats do not have a bevelled edge. Our material formulations are designed for strength and durability and have a thinner profile, which means there is no need for a bevelled edge on a standard Floortex chair mat.





How do I unroll my chair mat?


Remove your mat from its outer packaging and and allow it to warm thoroughly at room temperature, or warmer, before unrolling. Ensure the textured surface of the chair mat is facing upwards. (grippers or the shiny surface should face down, depending on whether you have a carpet chair mat or a hard floor chair mat). Place flat weighted items such as books on to the corners of the mat and in the centre. You mar will gradually regain an retain its flat state. This could take up to 72 hours, depending on the environmental conditions.
Once thoroughly warmed through, unroll the mat onto a totally flat and even floor. We recommend using two people to do this.




Which way up does my chair mat go?


For hard floor chair mats, ensure the smoothest side is face down on the floor. The upper side is lightly textured. For carpet floor chair mats, the grippers must face the carpet, and the smoother side faces up.




How long does a chair mat take to unroll?


Unpack your mat and leave for a minimum of 72 hours at room temperature. Depending on environmental temperature, it may take 72 hours for the mat to regain its natural flat format. The warmer the environment the quicker the mat will revert to its flat format and be ready for use.




Why do I need a chair mat?


Floortex chairmats are a cost-effective way to protect your expensive floor coverings from loss of appearance, wear and damage. A Floortex chair mat will help to extend the life of your floors by spreading out the pressure from your chair casters. Using a chair mat gives a better rolling surface for your office chair, this may help to reduce fatigue, leg and back strain.




How do I choose a chair mat?


We have designed a range of mats in a wide selection of shapes, backings and materials to suit your different requirements. Use our easy 'How to Choose A Chair Mat' Guide in the office products section of the Floortex website. Determine the maximum area that you need your chair to move and then pick the shape and size best suited to cover these dimensions. If you need a mat to go on a carpeted floor you will need to determine how thick your carpet is including any underlay / padding. This information is needed in order that you can select a mat that will perform best on your floor covering. The underside of our mats is either cleated for use on carpet or smooth for use on hard floors. We also have a range of polycarbonate mats with an anti-slip finish on the underside of the mat for use on highly polished or high gloss hard floors.




Where can I buy a Floortex chair mat?


Visit the Stockists page to find out the recommended places to buy Floortex products.




Can I cut my chair mat to size?


We would not recommend cutting your Floortex mat. Floortex mats are precision cut to size using specialist equipment. Cutting may damage your mat and could impair performance (as it may cause it to crack). Modifying a Floortex product in any way will also invalidate the guarantee. Cutting your mat is undertaken entirely at your own risk.
Floortex does not accept any responsibility for any damage or injury caused while cutting its mats.




What is the difference between PVC and Polycarbonate chair mats?


Polycarbonate chair mats are rigid, resilient mats, virtually unbreakable and suitable for use with underfloor heating systems. Polycarbonate mats will offer exceptional clarity and will not curl, crack, dimple, smell or discolour in normal use. Chair mats manufactured from PVC (Polyvinylchloride) are softer and more pliable than Polycarbonate (PC) mats. PVC chair mats are an affordable, long-lasting option to protect your floors. PVC mats have a slightly cloudy appearance and are not suitable for use with underfloor heating.




Do any Floortex Chair Mats have a bevelled edge?


Floortex Megamat Chair Mat does have a bevelled edge. Megamat is manufactured from a much thicker polycarbonate material than our standard Chair Mats. A bevelled edge is applied to the Megamat to ensure that chair users can roll on and off the mat with ease. All other Floortex Chair Mats do not have a bevelled edge. Our material formulations are designed for strength and durability and have a thinner profile, which means there is no need for a bevelled edge on a standard Floortex chair mat.





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.





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.





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.