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Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI

In a stark reminder of the liminal space between hope and extinction, a sailboat carried youth climate activist Greta Thunberg into New York Harbor as fires raged in the Amazon and hurricane Dorian started brewing. 

How are we being called to respond? What's important now?

The UN Climate Summit is fast approaching (GRLI will be advocating at various events in New York) and the explicit demands of the young people are to listen to the world's scientists, and to treat climate change as the emergency it is. Our call on Higher Education institutions to declare a Climate Emergency and commit to near-term Carbon Neutrality has been signed by 45 networks representing more than 8400 institutions (as of 12 September). See our blog for updates.

Taking a step back from the Climate Emergency, and considering GRLI as a community of responsible action, our 2019 annual meeting (AGM or "All Gathering Momentum") will investigate: 

  • The GRLI’s Theory of Change — past, present, future.
  • How does one / how do we lead beyond the ego / logo?
  • What does it mean to walk the talk of radical action?
  • Towards 2024 and beyond. What is the one big thing we have to achieve or focus on?

If you’ve joined us for previous GRLI events, you already know that we do things a bit differently. Our AGM forms part of 3 interlinked events in Portugal this November - a full overview is available online.

With this update, it is also my pleasure to share:

  • A collaborative publishing opportunity on the Responsible Management gateway in the Emerald Open Research platform.
  • University of Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics in Finland is our newest Associate Partner.
  • Blog contributions sharing Anne Keränen's thesis research and a new book from Chris Laszlo.
  • A generous offer from our colleagues at the Foundation of the Oasis School of Human Relations for two places in an upcoming Whole-Person Facilitation course.
Please be sure to check our Events page for upcoming dates and registration links, including the 6th Responsible Management Education Research Conference on 29 September – 3 October 2019 in Jönköping, Sweden where a number of our Partners and Associates will participate and contribute.

Warm regards,

John North
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Emerald Publishing and GRLI announce a new collaboration in service to Global Responsibility

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In a new area for collaboration, the GRLI community is invited to contribute to a Responsible Management gateway, one of six open access research gateways launched in 2019 by Emerald with the aim of advancing knowledge transfer in fields related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The first step is to send ideas and themes for papers to by 31 October.

Read more on the Global Responsibility blog.

Welcome to GRLI's New Associate Partner

We extend a warm welcome to GRLI's new Associate Partner Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, in Finland.

Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics has been working on responsible business both in research and education for decades. The roots can be traced back to the ‘80s, when a group of researchers started to work together on themes around the role of business in society, especially business ethics and stakeholder management. Since then responsible business has grown into a leading focus area in the mission and a strong connecting theme in research and education of the School of Business and Economics. The school is active in many networks promoting responsible business, including the Aspen Institute, EBEN, EASAC and looks forward to continuing this engagement with GRLI. Dean Hanna-Leena Pesonen has been a member of the Deans & Directors Cohort since its launch in 2017.

Opportunity: Sponsored participation in the Whole Person Facilitating Course 

Our colleagues at the Oasis School of Human Relations are generously offering two sponsored seats for an upcoming Whole Person Facilitating course in Leeds, United Kingdom.

This offer is open to everyone in the GRLI community, and especially for individuals with a deep commitment to developing as a facilitator.

The GRLI Board would like to thank the Trustees and the School Directors for their commitment to expanding whole person facilitating capacity in the GRLI community, and their support support for our ongoing inquiry into relational innovation for Global Responsibility. Learn more about this offer here.

Thought Leadership on Our Blog

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Exploring a New Understanding of Responsible Leadership
This three-part series presents Anne Keränen's doctoral thesis work, which radically shifted the focus from individual leaders to leader relations. It brings to the forefront the importance of understanding leadership as a shared phenomenon, and as a medium for responsibility integration in business.
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The Coming (Consciousness) Revolution in Business
GRLI Guardian Chris Laszlo and co-author Fred Tsao announce their new book, Quantum Leadership: New Consciousness in Business, which explores the practices of leaders who are deeply connected to others and the world around them. The extraordinary convergence of quantum science and spirituality is now bringing to light the power of such practices to transform a leader’s entrepreneurial creativity, leading to greater effectiveness and more global responsibility. Read more.
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