NODO GROUP Association presents
ALI 2019 AUTHORITY LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION
22nd International Group Relations Conference in Italy
28th-31st MARCH 2019
LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Registration is subject to the operating restrictions
Hotel Astoria - Grado, Gorizia
B Group: for those who have already participated in at least one Conference
T Group: for those who have already participated in at least two or more Conferences
〉 DIRECTOR'S ADDRESS
The 22nd Italian International Group Relation Conference ALI 2019 – Authority, Leadership and Innovation – will take place near Trieste, in the Grand Hotel Astoria (Grado), from 28th to 31st March. The conference is designed as a residential workshop in which the learning is experiential. The title is Neither peace nor War and the subtitle refers to the choice of the subject. The subtitle narrows the field of observation from conflicts around the world, to those in the area origin of the First World War: Alliances and conflicts in contemporary institutions of Western and Eastern Europe.
Why this conference now? Why in the gulf of Trieste? And why do we suggest to analyse this precise subject? ALI 2019 will take place exactly 100 years after the end of the war that opened the “age of extremes”, as Eric Hobsbawm named the XX century: the war that reshaped the world and transformed it into what we know today.
Begun in the Balkans in the 1914, the First World War had quickly and unexpectedly spread to the whole world. It was officially closed at the beginning of 1919, in Paris, where the delegations of the belligerent countries convened to establish peace agreements. Yet, it was in this city that the politicians and diplomats from all over the world discovered that it was much easier to make war than to establish peace – as the French Prime Minister Clemenceau said. At the end of exhausting negotiations, the centre of Europe had become the scene of a nationalistic fragmentation and of a great political hole. “The Austrian-Hungarian Empire has vanished – has recently written the historian Margaret McMillan –, the Ottoman Empire was almost finished, the imperial Germany had become a Republic, some old nations as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia had re-emerged from the fog of the history, while new nations – such as Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia – were struggling to come to life”. In 1919, Trieste became the Mediterranean epicentre of this great hole.
A century after the negotiations that changed the face of the world, many of the problems that the peacemakers had difficulties to deal with, are still open. The great cultural and economic differences – differences between eastern and western, northern and southern, countries and mentalities all in a way Europeans – are very much there. When the economic cycle becomes stagnant and the social development slows down, these potentially valuable differences tend to be perceived anew as patent conflicts. The search for strong national and ethnical identities hampers, then, the possibility to take advantage from diversities in mentality and social structures.
Within this matrix of long, slow and complex processes and nurtured by permanent contradictions, we propose to the participants to work on few inescapable questions: How is leadership built and maintained? What’s the institutional role of the followers? Where are the sources of authority? Why do conflicts erupt and how are they usually dealt with and eventually resolved?
The focus is on the intertwining of conscious and unconscious psychic phenomena, on the puzzling and inextricable combination of reasoning and phantasies that influences the individuals’ inner life and the group functioning. It’s only reflecting on the complexity of our experiences and working towards imagining the future that we will try to build, that we can understand the interlacing of the most influential factors on our lives and on history. On the one hand we will find the power of emotionally-laden, unconscious factors; on the other one, the role of rationality and authority which are needed to face personal choices and collective decisions.
I’m looking forward to working with you.
My best regards
Giovanni Foresti, Conference Director
〉 CONFERENCE STAFF
Director of Training Program & Associate Vice Director
CONSULTANTS WILL BE DRAWN FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST
Work and Organizational Psychologist. Nodo Group member's and scientific secretary. Academic background in Psychoanalytic Psychoterapy at individual, group and istitutional level (C.O.I.R.A.G). HR consultant and trainer in fields: organizational wellbeing, development and career guidance, outplacement, recruitment.
MA (Political Science), is an experienced interpreter and translator in the humanities and in training settings. She has been part of numerous editions of GR conferences in Italy and abroad both as a staff member and as a participant.
〉 2019 CONFERENCETHE PRIMARY TASK OF THE 2019 CONFERENCE. To learn from experience the conscious and unconscious aspects of authority and leadership that enable understanding of unconscious alliances and conflicting impasses.
WHAT IS A GROUP RELATIONS CONFERENCE
THE CONFERENCE METHODOLOGY
Participants, along with the staff, can critically examine different experiences, working behaviours and interpreting the roles of leaders or followers. This type of training has no therapeutic intent and can sometimes be stressful.
For this reason it is recommended to people at a time of emotional stress or difficulty in their personal lives to postpone their participation to next edition.
WHO MAY BENEFIT THE MOST
Taking part in Group Relations Conference can be particularly useful for those who work in business organizations, public services and not-for-profit organizations, for those who are interested in understanding and managing organizations and group dynamics within complex situations and want to enhance their competence and effectiveness in dealing with them.
All organizational processes include an emotional, irrational and unconscious dimension. When this component is not recognized and managed, the system’s effectiveness decreases or comes to a halt, therefore implying both an emotional and financial cost for the organization itself. Participation in the Conference allows you to observe, recognize and manage this dimension, essential for the functioning of each system and organization. For this reason the Conference can be particularly effective when two or more members from the same organization register, especially in the case or prospect of prominent changes, crises, mergers, takes-overs, etc.
Therefore, if more people from the same organization participate, each will benefit from a discount.
THEMES, GOALS AND VALUE
To imagine humans at first as isolated beings, rather than embedded in a social matrix, is a rooted and still present tendency in western culture. The Group Relations Conference ALI 2019 offers the participant the opportunity to experience connections between individual, group and organization, and the boundaries of time, space and task.
The experience allows us to observe in action conscious and unconscious dynamics of competition and cooperation, the nature of authority experienced through different roles and the reciprocal influence that each of us has on others.
The focus on unconscious alliances and conflicting impasses directs the participant's attention to the dynamics that characterize the culture of public and private institutions in this particular historical phase in public and private institutions / organizations.
〉 REGISTRATION FEES
Like all group relations seminars, ALI 2019 is a limited-capacity organization. In the last editions those who registered at the end of the established period didn’t participate. If you are interested please fill in the online registration form as soon as possible.
A & B Group
EARLY BIRD before 16/01/19 € 1.403 (€ 1.150 + VAT )
REGULAR after 16/01/19 € 1.708 (€ 1.400 + VAT )
EARLY BIRD before 16/01/19 € 1.830 ( € 1.500 + VAT )
REGULAR after il 16/01/19 € 2.074 (€ 1.700 + VAT )
〉 USEFUL INFORMATION
Segreteria - Agenzia Mosaico srl
- From 2019-03-28 00:00 to 2019-03-31 00:00