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Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI

"There are two flames burning in the human heart all the time.
The flame of anger against injustice,
and the flame of hope you can build a better world."
- Tony Benn.

For a litmus test on the state of global responsibility in governance one doesn't need to look much further than the COP26 process and outcome. Whilst the final communique's wording suggests that official processes are failing on most fronts to mount a worthy response to our collective crises, some observers sounded a hopeful note that the "1.5 to stay alive" goal remains intact.

Regardless of where you fall on the continuum between visions of extinction and hope, we collectively know there is work to be done. None of the 200+ IPCC scenarios which fed into the COP26 process considered the need for radical changes to our economic activity. We appear to be pinning our hopes on yet-to-be-invented technologies at a time when relational innovation is surely and sorely needed.

The GRLI continues and will continue to act ourselves into a new way of thinking & being with an emphasis on being felt more than being heard (act the call). We can build bridges to the work that's necessary, expand our circles to include more voices, and continue to work on bringing relational innovation to prominence in how we learn, live and lead.

One hopeful development witnessed at COP26 was the Global Citizen's Assembly. Liz Goold (Associated with GRLI partner The Oasis School of Human Relations) supported the facilitation of the core assembly - a proportionally representative group of 100 people from around the world asking ‘how might humanity address the climate and ecological crisis in a fair and effective way’. Following this declaration delivered to the COP26 Summit the Assembly continues to grow through inclusion and amplification of citizen voices at a global level, whilst reaching and engaging more citizens locally in so-called community assemblies. Where current global governance responses to our climate and ecological crisis offers compromised conflagration, the Citizen- and Community Assembly approach offers a welcoming campfire. We plan to learn more about this work during 2022 GRLI partner pods and Courageous Conversations. 

This month, acting the call includes an invitation to engage around Transformation Catalysts as an emerging framework for making change happen and classroom resources for teaching responsible leadership and inclusion.

We're also pleased to share a GRLI Gateway initiative that demonstrates the GRLI’s approach to catalysing collective action for impact. The Globally Responsible Leadership for Sustainable Transformation course is co-presented by eight GRLI Partner and Associate Partner institutions and will be piloted early 2022.

Looking ahead to the March 2022 Responsible Leadership Reimagined Conference, please note that the Call for Papers will close on 30 November 2021 for abstracts and presentations. 

Our 2021 AGM is coming up swiftly next Thursday, 2 December. If you are a partner or associate please ensure to check your calendar for the invite reminder that's been sent.

Warm wishes,
John North
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
These are some of the upcoming events we'll be supporting and participating in alongside our GRLI colleagues:
  • 2 December  - GRLI AGM "All Gathering Momentum" 2021
  • 27-28 January 2022 - EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General
  • 2-4 February 2022 -  AACSB Deans Conference
  • SAVE THE DATE: 16 - 18 March 2022 - International Responsible Leadership Academic Conference at Stellenbosch, South Africa
Piloting Joint Modules on Globally Responsible Leadership for Sustainable Transformation
Header for Globally Responsible Leadership for Sustainable Transformation
A new graduate level, international course co-presented by eight GRLI Partner and Associate Partner institutions, as a GRLI Gateway Initiative, is now underway with the goal of launching a March-May 2022 pilot course.

This innovative global collaborative course will be taught by faculty from universities and institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.
Highlighting sustainability initiatives, this team taught seminar will offer modules from each institution that will enable students from around the globe to work in integrated groups on strategic business projects. Learn more.
Call for Papers for Responsible Leadership Reimagined:
30 November Deadline

The GRLI is pleased to announce and support a Call for Papers for the 16–18 March 2022 “Responsible Leadership Reimagined Conference, to be held at the Spier Conference Centre, University of Business School, South Africa. Please note the 30 November, 2021 deadline for initial deadline for abstracts and presentations. Learn more.
Teaching Responsible Leadership and Inclusion: Gram Vikas
Shared by GRLI Guardian Nicola Pless, this teaching package offers resources for teaching responsible leadership and inclusion. It includes a summary of an exemplary positive business called Gram Vikas. We will shortly publish an interview with founder and chairman Joe Madiath. See more.
What Transformation Catalysts Do to Catalyze System Change
By Sandra Waddock, Ju Young Lee, and Steve Waddell
Transformation catalysts (TCs) are a new way of organizing to achieve system change not in a direct way, but through catalytic actions. This article shares an emerging framework for considering how people and groups can make change happen and opportunities for engaging within the GRLI community. Read more.
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