Complexity, Creativity and Community in a Networked World
NIODA Group Relations Online Working Conference
Live, interactive and online
3, 8, 9, 10 & 12 November 2021
This group relations conference invites us to discover our creative capacity in an online working environment. It also seeks to understand a particular challenge of remote or hybrid work; to find and create online places, where we can connect with others to build a sense of community within and alongside our work organisations.
We live in a complex, uncertain and rapidly changing world which requires each of us to think creatively and innovatively about how to adapt to changing conditions. The pandemic provides ample evidence of this capacity: such as when working arrangements pivoted from school and office to home; the resurgence of local communities that provided support during social distancing; and the emergence of virtual orchestras and choirs.
For many of us, the impact of the pandemic has both opened and closed our world. By this we mean that the restrictions in place to minimise the spread of the pandemic have meant that many have moved to working from home, and simultaneously many events that were previously held ‘in the room’ have shifted online. In other words, we can undertake work, attend events and connect with others, both local and global, without leaving home. This ever-present connectivity invites an exploration of separation and togetherness; how it influences the way in which individuals engage with others; and, how communities form, develop and interact under such conditions. If the paradox of being and not-being together can be held in a good-enough way, the online or hybrid work environment may become a crucible for creativity.
The theme of the conference, Complexity, Creativity and Community in a Networked World, seeks to explore these challenges of hybrid and remote working. We invite you to join us in creating places within this conference to experience and make sense of group and social dynamics in a networked world.
Learning from experience
A group relations conference is not like conventional conferences, in that there are no keynote speakers, paper or poster presentations. The conference is conceived of as a temporary organisation, where members can learn from experience about how authority is taken up and experienced, and how leadership is exercised as they undertake activities related to the purpose and primary task of the conference.
You will not be ‘given’ concepts such as complexity, creativity and community, instead you will be invited to experience and make sense of these concepts in real time: emotionally, motivationally and cognitively.
Learning opportunities might include an exploration of questions such as:
How do we locate ourselves in online places?
How might we connect with others to build a sense of community within and alongside our work organisations?
How might creative practices (whether through words, images, or music) enable new ways of thinking?
How do creative practices sit alongside habitual practices?
The conference is for all those interested in understanding more about group and organisational dynamics, particularly in relation to the theme of the conference*. This includes managers, organisational consultants, researchers, scholars, board members, workers, professionals, students and interested others.
Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from NIODA following the conference.
* We advise applicants who are undergoing significant personal stress to postpone attendance, as Group Relations Conferences can, at times, be an intensive emotional experience.
Introductory Session: Familiarisation with the technology
Wednesday 3 November 2021
3 – 5 pm Melbourne 🇨🇰
4 – 6 am London 🇬🇧
12 – 2 pm Singapore 🇸🇬
12 – 2 am New York 🇺🇸
9:30 – 11:30 am New Delhi 🇮🇳
Live Interactive online Conference:
Monday 8 – Wednesday 10 November 2021 and Friday 12 November
10 am – 4 pm Melbourne 🇨🇰
11 pm – 5 am London 🇬🇧
7 am – 1 pm Singapore 🇸🇬
7 pm – 1 am New York 🇺🇸
4:30 – 10:30 am New Delhi 🇮🇳
Full fee AUD$1,500
NIODA Alumni/AODA Members and
Group Relations Australia Members AUD$1,200
Two or more people from the same organisation AUD$1,200
Please contact Ellie Robinson, Director of Administration for
information about partial bursaries for those unable to meet the full amount.
Cancellations before 6 September 2021 receive 100% refund (less $100 booking fee). Cancellation before 4 October 2021 receive 50% refund. There is no refund available after 4 October 2021.
NIODA acknowledges the Kulin Nations, and respective Traditional Custodians of the lands we work on.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their enduring sovereignty which has, and continues to, care for Country.
NIODA welcomes the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a collective movement for a better future.