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Save the date: 14-18 May 2018, Kedge Business School, Marseille FR
Programme preview now online.

Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI

The relationship between the sea anemone and clownfish enables both to flourish. The clownfish benefits the anemone through cleaning, provisioning of nutrients and by offering protection from butterfly fish. The anemone provides the clownfish with a safe home and leftovers. Their mutualistic relationship represents a unique form of symbiosis.

Can initiatives and organisations that share a common higher purpose learn from nature? Can they pursue and nurture mutually beneficial relationships and thus collectively amplify globally responsible leadership and action?

In conjunction with our 2018 AGM, a gathering of networks and initiatives will inquire into how transformation agents and change initiatives may work "beyond the ego" to achieve globally responsible impact. The strands of this inquiry include:

  • Pathways to convergence and alignment of initiatives that hold a shared sense of purpose.
  • Transitioning from maximising an initiative’s capacity for impact towards optimising the role and capacity of that initiative within a larger system of change.
  • The dilemmas of identity, scale and impact in movement and change system development.
  • Is mutualistic symbiosis possible? What are the unintended negative consequences?
A preliminary programme is available on our website and a few of the groups that have already confirmed participation include:
  • The Deans & Directors Cohort (applications now open - scroll down for more)
  • The Business School Rating Prototype
  • The Global Alliance, HESI and the SDG Accord
  • The SDG Transformation Forum
  • The AIM2Flourish working group
  • Students Organizing for Sustainability (a network of networks)
  • PRME France Benelux Chapter
  • Conférence des Grandes Ecoles R2D2
  • The Sulitest Governance body
  • And more...
The event will also work to strengthen and accelerate the global partnership for sustainable development with a specific emphasis on SDG 17.

Join with other change makers and transformational initiatives in Marseille to explore and develop personal, collective and systemic change towards the future we want. 

You can greatly assist us in our planning by responding to the poll below.
Complete the Marseille event poll

The Deans & Directors Cohort: From Guelph to Marseille

University of Guelph hosted the inaugural meeting of Deans and senior leaders engaged in and committed to transformative change for people, planet and prosperity. In these video interviews participants share some of their hopes and ambitions for the work ahead.
The Cohort is now inviting a next round of proposals from prospective participants. 

Proposals may be submitted online and are due by 2 March 2018
Finally, I would like to warmly thank you - our partners, associates and friends - for continued engagement with the GRLI's work during 2017.

With Season's Greetings and best wishes for the New Year,

John North
Executive Director
Copyright © 2017 GRLI Foundation (foundation of public interest), All rights reserved.


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