THROUGH THICK AND THIN

How ‘an infrastructure for relationships’ could unlock the collective action we need to accelerate progress towards a world designed for and around relationships

Infrastructure as ‘telephone operator’: spotting connections, plugging people and organisations together and then getting out of the way (Photo: Cortlandt Exchange in New York City, Hulton Archive)
  • We don’t know how to best measure relationships, or whether the game of measurement is futile
  • We use different, sometimes alienating or confusing language
  • The field of relationships reflects inequalities and inequities in wider society

An invitation to join an experiment to connect the field and explore an infrastructure for relationships

The Relationships Project, Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire, Civic Square, The Roots Programme, The Jo Cox Foundation and Connection Coalition would love you to join us as we test the belief that stronger connections between those who share a commitment to relationships would be a valuable starting point to create the conditions for collective action and greater impact. In the coming months we will:

  • Starting on power: Is a commitment to relationships a necessary part of the need to shift power, or do they sometimes undermine or get in the way of the fight against poverty and inequality?
  • Making relationships everyone’s business: What are the best ways of building and unlocking relationship-centred high streets and city centres?
  • We will work to develop a way to shine a light on the field, perhaps create a network map. This is so we can help people illuminate their work, find collaborators, spot patterns and feel part of and supported by the wider networks.

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Iona is a freelance strategy consultant. Previously she set up the Jo Cox Foundation, worked in the Calais refugee camp and campaigned for Save the Children.

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Iona Lawrence

Iona is a freelance strategy consultant. Previously she set up the Jo Cox Foundation, worked in the Calais refugee camp and campaigned for Save the Children.