In this update: our next call to action, the cohort kicks off, news about our new Chair and Guardian group.
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Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI -

What does this moment in time long for?

As eight billion of us collectively press against multiple ecological boundaries, with associated challenges to our societal and economic stability, the time has come to collectively amplify the demand for global responsibility in leadership and practice-  and to activate the global responsibility gene within ourselves and others.

Recent progress towards developing ethical leadership, business in service of society and inclusive economies is threatened by tendencies of protectionism, antagonism and withdrawal from the need for a unified world - a world that recognises and reflects our interconnectedness.

The next frontier for the GRLI's work is to spark a collective "call to action" within networks, associations and disciplines stretching beyond the management education ecosystem in which our global partnership is embedded.

In our forthcoming call to action "Global Responsibility Now", we will build on more than a decade of collaborative inquiry and innovation, enabling broad participation in framing and amplifying the need for global responsibility.

We envisage contributors and amplifiers far beyond our partnership that hold and work with questions of innovation and responsible progress across three domains:
  • how we live and make a living;
  • how we learn and facilitate learning;
  • how we lead individually and collectively and to what end.

If you are in a position to involve individuals, organisations, networks and disciplines beyond our immediate network, please share this update with them and put us in touch.

Prepare to join us in amplifying this call, and help activate the global responsibility gene in all of us.

Warm regards,

John North

Claire Maxwell appointed Chair of the GRLI

Claire Maxwell, Associate Director of the Oasis School of Human Relations, has been elected as chair of the GRLI Foundation board taking over the baton from Dennis Hanno. Claire is widely regarded as a specialist in Whole Person learning and change processes, corporate culture, workplace leadership, whole organisation interventions, relationships and well-being.

In her work with Oasis, she applies many of these skills, designing, developing and delivering leadership programmes, strategic visioning processes and other learning and development processes for organisations of all sizes.

The GRLI is also pleased to announce that the following individuals will serve as GRLI Guardians:

  • Arnold Smit, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa — Chair
  • Anne Keränen, Oulu Business School, Finland
  • Carlo Giardinetti, Business School Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Chris Laszlo, Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • Jean-Christophe Carteron, Kedge Business School, France
  • Michaela Rankin, Monash University, Australia
  • Vanessa Duckenfield, Bettys & Taylors, UK.

The Guardian Group works, on behalf of the Council of Partners and with the Support Centre and the Board to uphold the vision, mission and operating ethos of the GRLI. As the GRLI continues to act as advanced laboratory to UNGC PRME and in strategic partnership with AACSB and EFMD, the Guardian group will play an important role in helping align and steward various initiatives focused on developing global responsibility in leadership and practice.

Read more about these appointments on our blog.

Update: The Deans & Directors Cohort

More than 100 Deans and Directors responded positively about the formation of a Deans & Directors Cohort. The proposal deadline is now closed but if you wish to be kept in the loop please add your name to the distribution list on our blog.

We are pleased about the globally diverse group and complimentary nature of proposals drafted which bodes well for a co-creative and constructive meeting on 16-18 October in Guelph, Canada.

Our thanks goes out to Dean Julia Christensen of University of Guelph for hosting the constituent meeting and also to Dean Rob Widing at the Weatherhead School of Management for a welcome donation towards the event costs.

Read more about this initiative on our blog.

Streamlined, real-time collaboration and sharing between GRLI Partners

More than 60 GRLI associates representing the GRLI's global partnership is using our dedicated GRLI slack platform to connect with each other and to collaborate in-between AGMs and meetings.

Slack is a messaging app where we can talk, share files and work together. It also connects with tools we already use, like Zoom, Google Drive, Twitter etc. as well as 500+ other apps. Having everything in one place will help us work together better and faster, cut down on email and improve transparency and visibility within the network.

If you support GRLI financially and haven’t received an invite yet please contact us or head over here: and sign up with your organisational email address.

Join the conversation today!

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