International Working Conference

ECW 2020

Energy, Creative Collaboration and Wellbeing in Organizations

04 - 07 June 2020  |  Ex-Convent S. Giovanni Battista - Celleno, Viterbo, Italy


Franca Fubini

Maria Pia Conte, Elena Giannotti, Tim Jones, Luca Mingarelli, Alfredo Veneziale


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Nodo Group Association, with the sponsorship of
LFA 2020 partners


23rd International Group Relations Conference in Italy



Crisis of institutional containers and identity despair


25th - 29th March 2020 | Grand Hotel Astoria | Grado, Gorizia, Italy

Registration is subject to the operating restrictions


The Conference is a temporary organization that aims to explore and learn from experiencing conscious and unconscious processes as they manifest themselves in the “here-and-now” of group dynamics. The intention is to generate new ways of thinking and learning and to reappraise our knowledge and values; we have the opportunity to experience ourselves in multiple and diverse roles. Assistance is provided to achieve real and sustainable change in interpreting the way we interpret the different roles in our organizations and lives, with a particular focus on roles calling for an exercise of authority and leadership.


The organization of the Conference and the activities proposed to participants generate experiential learning opportunities. This means learning through lived experiences of group and organizational processes, which promotes reflective skills and encourages a spirit of inquiry. Participants and staff can critically examine different experiences, work behaviors and ways of 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 that people who are experiencing emotional stress or difficulty in their personal lives postpone their participation to next edition.


To learn through experience about the conscious and unconscious aspects of authority and leadership that will enable us to explore and understand the process that begins with the recognition of subjection and progresses towards the possibility of becoming a subject by actively addressing personal choices and collective decisions.


A consultant will take up the role of interpreter.
Dear Participants,

as the previous editions of ALI, the 23rd Italian group relations conference sponsored by Il Nodo Group will take place in Grado in the gulf of Trieste. ALI 2020 will last one day more than usual. It will take place from Wednesday March the 25.03 to Sunday 29.03.2020. The conference is designed as a residential workshop in which the learning is experiential. No lectures, nor round tables: groups and inter-group dynamics, brainstorming, dialogues and discussion.

In 2019 ALI (main theme: Neither peace nor war) begun a series of conferences focused on the processes that have been shaping the western and eastern cultures after the first and the second world wars. The title of this edition comes from the themes that emerged from the previous editions.

What does it mean to be a ‘subject’ in times of collapse of boundaries and identities? How does one ‘become a subject’ and how is this related to ‘subjection’? How does it influence the processes of role taking and the exercise of authority, leadership and followership?
ALI 2020 is designed to allow experiential exploration of these issues.

The turning point of the present cultures is the ultra-liberalism, the crisis of socialism and communism, the turbo-capitalism and the super-consumerism. The so-called ‘globalization’ has accelerated the liquefaction of collective and personal identities that guaranteed social stability. The ensuing processes, far from opening a phase of unlimited liberation, have been building the post-modern horizon as an era of open issues that are difficult to be solved and
even difficult to be thought of. The reaction to the sudden expansion of geopolitical borders has surely brought about new exciting opportunities and challenges, but also a deep and new malaise and discomfort.

The political life, as we had experienced after the WW II, has changed. During the last three decades we have seen the increasing power of boundary-less multinational companies, always bigger and bigger, as well as the expansion of ‘social media’ that have promoted the artificial intelligence and radically transformed our daily life. With the creation and diffusion of virtual reality, the relationship between imagination and real reality are obfuscated and blurred. The traditional concepts of ‘container’ need to be reconsidered and updated. The same is true for the idea of democracy in times where leaders can (and do) connect directly to their potential voters while representativity (actually the heart of the idea of democracy) collapses and is bypassed by populist shortcuts.

At the core of human life there are more and more paradoxes that cannot be solved in a quick way. The illusion of getting rid of these existential paradoxes is perhaps one of the reasons of the present crisis. One of them is the relationship that knots together subjection and subjectivity:
the awareness of being subjected to something or to someone’s else influence and the work that needs to be done in order to free ourselves from outer and inner limitations.

The questions that we are proposing to the participants of ALI 2020 relate directly to the implication of these basic processes to our organizational lives. The focus is on the intertwining of conscious and unconscious psychic phenomena, on the puzzling and inextricable combination of reasoning and fantasies that influences the individuals’ inner life and the group functioning.

Looking forward to working with you on all this, we send our best wishes

Giovanni Foresti, Director
Yossi Triest, Associate Director


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.


The Conference has an increased duration compared to previous editions: it starts at 11.00 am on 25 March 2020 and ends at 16.30 on 29 March. The reception and registration of the participants are organized from 10.00 to 10.50 on 25 March.
Participants are required to comply with the entire Conference program, which is residential because cohabitation is an integral part of learning.


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 2020 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 Subjectivity and Subjection directs the participant's attention to the dynamics that characterize the individuals in relationship and within the institutional containers in which they find themselves in this particular historical phase of the organizations and to the meaning of acquiring a sufficiently stable identity that allows you to feel that you are the author of your choices.



Giovanni Foresti
M.D. and psychiatrist, he is training and supervising analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and the IPA, associate member of OPUS, London, and member of the scientific committee of Il Nodo Group, Turin. He teaches at School of Psychiatry, Milano-Bicocca University, and at the Department of Psychology of the Catholic University. He woks as supervisor and organizational consultant in several institutions.

Josef (Yossy) Triest
Associate Director
Training Psychoanalyst (IPS; IPA), Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor, Organizational Consultant; Former president of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society (IPS); Supervisor and teacher, the Israel Psychoanalytical Institute; Tel-Aviv Psychotherapy School; Lecturer, Tel Aviv University; Co-Director, The Center for Research of the Psychoanalytic Systemic Approach (CROPSA); Co-founder, Triest-Sarig Clinic; Member, OFEK; Israel.

Daniela Cabibbe
Mathematician. Management experience in the Board of commercial multinational companies she has worked in Italy, Europe, USA and India and today she is a business consultant in innovation, performance improvements and organizational change projects. Six Sigma Black Belt professional in the management of complex and functional projects, in Lean Management, and she is auditor in quality certifications. Member of OPUS, London, she is member of Il Nodo Group and Treasurer of Mito & Realtà Association.

Isabella Colombi
Associate Administrator
Degree in biological sciences. She attended the training school of the Italian Group Analytical Society. Counselor, she deals with issues related to work and organizational life as a Human Resources Director in a Milanese company. She is a member of the social cooperative Solidare and of Il Nodo Group.


Claudio Cassardo
Clinical Psychologist, Head of Simple Unit (UOS) Psychological Support for Hospital Patient, United Hospitals San Paolo and San Carlo (Milan); Ordinary member of the Italian Society of Psychoanalysis and Full Member of the International Psychoanalytic Association; Partner of Il Nodo Group; Clinical Psychology Supervisor at the prisons of Milan (Opera, Bollate, San Vittore, Beccaria); Lecturer at Milan Psychotherapy Schools (Sipre, IIPG, Area G).

Carla Cremonese
Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, Head of Mental Illness Prevention Service (15-24 years), Psychiatric Clinic of Padua. Adjunct professor at School of Psychiatry, Padua University. Board member of Italian Psychiatric Association- Veneto section. Member of Il Nodo Group, Torino. She works in various institutional contexts as supervisor and trainer.

Franca Fubini
Psychotherapist, group analyst, supervisor and organizational consultant. She has been working both for the public and the private sectors. Senior fellow at University College London (UCL). Lecturer at the University of Rome, L’Aquila, Perugia. Chairwoman of Social Dreaming international Network, has designed and directed the first edition of the one year training for hosting Social Dreaming programs. Board Member and vice Chair of il Nodo Group. Member of OPUS (London) and ISPSO

Matilde Hernandez
MD, Psychiatrist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist trained at the Tavistock Clinic, London where she was member of the Consulting to Institutions Workshop. Works with groups in private practice and with the College of Physicians in Madrid. Consultant to health and educational institutions. Has been staff member of many Tavistock Group Relations Conferences in Italy and internationally. Visiting tutor at numerous universities including the Autonoma,
Complutense, CEU in Madrid and ENI in Milan. Directed the Professional Development Workshops Programme for ISPSO when it was held in Toledo, Spain and in Rome. Associate Editor Journal of Organizational and Social Dynamics. Honorary Member of Il Nodo Group.

Francesco Noseda
Psychologist, psychotherapist, IFPS psychoanalyst, Partner of Il Nodo Group, SIPRe Member; expert in group psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychodrama and psychoanalysis with adolescents. Co-founder of the Parma branch of the SIPRe Institute, he teaches group psychotherapy and psychodrama and family psychotherapy. He works as a psychotherapist in Milan and Como. Supervisor of various residential communities in Lombardy.

Fabrizio Pavone
M.D., Consultant psychiatrist on the Psychiatric ward of the San Matteo Polyclinic in Pavia. Psychoanalyst SPI / IPA. Adjunct Professor, University of Pavia, Faculty of Medicine: School of Neurology-Psychiatry; Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Group and Family Psychotherapy. He has also been teaching and supervising in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Art Therapy master’s) for the last ten years.

Antonio Sama
Academic and organisational consultant whose approaches are rooted in the traditions of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He holds a Bsc in History of Contemporary Political Philosophy and a MA in Advanced Organisational Consultation. He is a graduate from the Tavistock Institute AOC programme and a Professional Partner of the Institute. Antonio’s research, academic and professional interests include the role of system psychodynamics in Higher Education, cross-boundary collaborations and whole system change processes in the third sector and community systems, complexity theories and action research applied to organisational and community systems. Antonio holds roles in Italian and UK HEIs.

Giovanni Scibilia
He is a founding member of MORE, a company specializing in consumer insight and marketing consultancy, a subsidiary of Kantar Group for Italy. He deals with market segmentation, branding and positioning at national and international level. Previously CEO of Added Value Italy, he was professor of Theories and Techniques of Image Promotion at the University of Bergamo. Of philosophical education, he studied in Pavia and Strasbourg and was editor of aut aut, Oltrecorrente, Filmcritica.

Hagit Shachar-Paraira
(MSW) Organizational and Group Consultant in the business, public and 3rd sector; Teaches at the Program in Organizational Consultation & Development, A Psychoanalytic-Systemic Approach (POCD), Co-leader of the UJA's Collaborative Laboratory for social innovation (CoLab); PHD student for Gender Studies, Bar Ilan University; Member of Ofek.

Mark Stein
Professor of Leadership and Management at the University of Leicester, UK. Previously Mark has been a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Brunel University, and a Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute.

Biancarosa Volpe
Psychotherapist psychologist, Head of the UOSD of Hospital Psychology in the University Hospital of Padua, adjunct professor for about 30 years at the Department of General Psychology and at the specialization school in Cardiovascular Apparatus diseases of University in Padua. High formation school in Social dreaming. Training and counsulting expert on organizational dynamics, in the field of health and social-health services. Member of the Board of the Node Group.


Isabella Negri
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. OPUS member.


The fee includes participation to the Conference plus full board and lodging for the event duration.
Registration is considered valid upon receipt of the application form duly signed and accompanied by the confirmation of the payment of the booking fee of € 420 VAT included. In the case of nonattendance the deposit will not be refunded.

The payment of balance must be provided at the latest on 06.03.2020

Fee Single occupancy Double occupancy
EARLY BIRD until 16.1.2020 1.400 + VAT (1.708 €) 1.350 + VAT (1.647 €)
REGULAR after 16.1.2020 1.600 + VAT (1.952 €) 1.550 + VAT (1.891 €)

Single, twin or triple rooms are available at the hotel subject to availability. Request for any additional
nights must be submitted by participants via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to the n. +39 (0)431
83550 and the payment due will be settled directly to the hotel upon check-out.

Like all group relations seminars, ALI 2020 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 on
Participation in the event allows you to obtain 39 ECM formative credits.
Last registration date: 18.3.2020


In order to facilitate participation, some partial bursaries and other economic solutions will be provided (discounts for students and people coming from the same institution). REQUEST FOR A BURSARY AND FEE REDUCTION (online form)


For two members from the same organization there will be a 100€ discount each. For three or more there will be a discount of 120€ each. Anyone wishing to use them must apply to the Administrator: Daniela Cabibbe and Isabella Colombi, completing the online form available on the website at the latest on the 1st of February.


Any cancellation notice received after 6 March 2020 will result in the cancellation of charges as indicated below (unless the motivation is serious to communicate to the Administrators):

Until 6.3.20 420 €
7.3.2020 - 18.03.2020 60% of entire fee
After 18.03.2020 fees cannot be reimbursed

For further details or questions, please contact the Administrators:
Daniela Cabibbe and Isabella Colombi at the email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


span style="background-color: transparent;">Grand Hotel Astoria is located in Grado about 25 minutes drive from the airport or train station. Participants who arrive by car are allowed to drive the limited traffic zone set up in the historic center of the island of Grado. Thanks to the recent restructuring of Trieste Airport (TRS), a 25-minute drive from Grado, and the construction of the new Trieste Airport Intermodal Center, the hotel is easily accessible for those arriving by train or plane. Possibility of personalized and collective transfers from Trieste Airport. If interested, please contact well in advance the Hotel:
Grand Hotel Astoria Largo San Grisogono, 3 34073 Grado (GO) 
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IL NODO GROUP Association, with the sponsorship of

LFA 2019 partners

is pleased to announce the

9th International Working Conference

LFA 2019


18th - 20th October 2019 | Ostello al Deserto, Chiavenna (SO), Italy

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This is a training model which offers participants an opportunity for direct learning, through a brief period of community-like cohabitation.
Learning from action is at the core of this training. This involves exploring other languages as well as verbal language. The focus of this Working Conference is on making actions meaningful by considering them part of a different language. This takes place by transmitting individual and group communications which have not been expressed verbally because they were unconscious or not yet wholly conscious.
The idea of these Working Conferences originates in the early 2000s from the joint thinking and cooperation between Robert D. Hinshelwood and Enrico Pedriali. This type of conference is now an item in the Standard Quality Manual of Community of Communities and the project “Visiting” promoted by Mito & Realtà Association.
The attribution of meaning to action becomes an essential working tool, not only owing to the dynamics present in all groups, but above all because of the difficulties encountered by most members of therapeutic communities in expressing emotion in words.
Indeed, Lfa is aimed at developing fundamental competences for all those who work in residential or semi residential institutions, and more generally in mental health institutions. Such competences are highly valuable for a wide range of professionals such as educators, nurses, assistants, administrators, managers, consultants, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, social workers, carers, etc. However, as has already been successfully experienced in the past editions, professionals working in other areas, like the section of profit and corporate worlds, are also most welcome to join the conference.
The “Learning from action” Working Conference draws on the Group Relations model and is aimed at helping community staff and carers to explore and study the value of their daily activities as a form of communication.

primary taskPRIMARY TASK

The primary task of this working conference is to offer an opportunity to explore how unconscious and nonverbal communication and group dynamics shape Decision-Making processes and influences accountability and various other aspects of ‘working together’ in this temporary learning community.
Members of the conference and staff together will constitute this temporary learning community.
Within this special training context, the main learning objective of the conference is to enhance the participants’ understanding of conscious and unconscious dynamics affecting Decision-Making processes both at an individual and at a group level, along with their organisational and institutional implications.

Individual members will have a chance to explore their own role and the way they operate within and on behalf of the whole system (the temporary learning organisation), reflecting on nonverbal and unconscious communication. Consequently they will be encouraged to take responsibility for their contribution whilst taking part in the daily life and relationships within the community.

A further learning objective of this event is to explore the various dimensions and connections between action, thinking and learning, so that the acquired insight can then be transferred and applied to different workplaces and practices.

The working conference will create an opportunity for a direct experience of the different elements that come into play when making decisions, and will stimulate reflection on what might constitute a democratic practice and an environmentally sustainable use of available resources in a healthy institution.
The themes focused upon in this year’s Working Conference are: The ability to make decisions and to take on responsibility.

The basic needs of community life will be dealt with by forming groups aimed at the following tasks:
• cooking and catering;
• cleaning and tidying communal areas;
• organizing leisure activities;
• organizing other activities agreed upon during the course of the conference.

As in any other community or institution, participants will witness the emergence of interpersonal dynamics related to cohabiting and sharing, such as taking and delegating responsibility, working for others, making decisions, relating to authority and leadership, managing relationships between individuals and within groups, managing conflicts, using or wasting resources and much more.

In order to achieve these learning objectives, the conference will employ a “Learning from Action” methodology and it will be organised around a programme with a number of daily events, such as: Opening and Closing Plenary, Decision-Making Event and Decision-Making Groups, Activity Groups, Morning and Evening Community Meetings, Review and Application Groups and possible Emergency Meetings.

other informationOTHER INFORMATION

• No lectures will be held.
• We recommend careful and repeated reading of this page.
• A continued residence on site is expected for the whole duration of the Working Conference.
It is useful, indeed recommended, to repeat the Working Conference. Three groups are planned:

A group: for those who participate for the first time
S group: for those who have already partecipated at least one time
T group: training group, by invitation. The T group's programme will start on Thursday 17th October 2019 at 7:30 PM, registration 7:00 PM.

The working conference will start on Friday 18th October 2019 at 1:00 pm, registration from 11:45 to 12:45 am.
• The facility offers an opportunity to stay in rooms with more beds, and each person will have to take care of the
management and tidying up of their personal spaces.
Participation at the Conference is not recommended for individuals who are going through a period of high psycho-emotional
The language we are focused on and we are here to learn about is the non verbal, the language of actions and of the unconscious. English and Italian will be used.


Firiday October 18th

11,45-12,45 Registration and snack
13,00-14,00 Opening plenary
14,00-14,30 Break
14,30-16,00 Decision-making plenary
16,00-16,15 Break
16,15-17,15 Decision-making groups 1
17,15-18,45 Activities 1
18,45-19,00 Break
19,00-20,00 Evening community meeting 1
20,00-20,15 Break
20,15-21,30 Dinner
21,35-22,15 Community Free Time 1

Saturday October 19th

08,00-09,00 Breakfast
09,00-10,00 Morning community meeting 1
10,00-10,15 Break
10,15-10,45 Decision-making groups 2
10,45-12,30 Activities 2
12,30-14,00 Lunch
14,00-14,30 Community free time 2
14,30-14,45 Break
14,45-15,15 Decision-making groups 3
15,15-15,30 Break
15,30-16,45 Review geoups 3
16,45-17,00 Break
17,00-18,30 Activities 3
18,30-18,45 Break
18,45-19,45 Evening community meeting 2
19,45-20,00 Break
20,00-21,30 Dinner
21,35-22,15 Community free time 3

Sunday October 20th

07,00-08,00 Breakfast
08,00-09,00 Morning community meeting 2
09,00-09,10 Break
09,10-09,40 Decision-making groups 4
09,45-11,30 Application Groups
11,35 12,30 Activities 4
12,30-13,30 Lunch
13,30-14,00 Washing up & cleaning
14,00-15,00 Closing plenary
15,00-15,15 Leave-taking

Any changes to this programme will be decided according to Staff needs and shared with participants both before and during the event.


Director - Luca Mingarelli
Co-Director and Director of Activities - Gilad Ovadia
Project Administrator - Francesco Noseda
Associate Administrator -  Stefania Borghetti

Giada Boldetti
John Diamond
Lili Valko

(not present at the event)
Robert Hinshelwood


LFA 2019 will start on Friday 18th October at 01:00 PM (for T group Thursday 17th at 7:30 PM) and will end on Sunday 20th October at 03:30 PM.

We recommend that participants arrive on time on Friday for registration and allocation of rooms between 11:45 and 12:30. As scheduled, lunch on Friday is not included. A snack will be available with food brought by participants and shared.


In order to facilitate participation, we have chosen to lower inscription fees, with respect to the previous editions.
- The fee for the conference is 500 € ( +VAT = 610 €) for enrolment by the 20th of September and 650 € ( +VAT = 793 € ) for enrolment after that date.
- The fee for T Group is € 620.00 ( +VAT = 756.40 €) for enrolment by the 20th of September and 750 € ( +VAT = 915 € ) for enrolment after that date.
- Four Bursaries are available to participants upon application, for which the deadline is 16th September.
- Discounts are available for A and S members. There will be: a 10% discount for persons from abroad, for the organisations in partnership and for 2 participants from the same association or company, a 20% discount for 3 and more participants from the same organisation (discount not cumulative).
- Fees include participation to the whole Working Conference and overnight stay, meals included. Request for any additional nights must be submitted by participants via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- To enrol fill in the form downloadable from and pay an advance of 100 €.

Before the conference, applicants will receive a descriptive card of each event and task and indications / rules for coexistence.

English will be the main language of the Working Conference.

There are bursaries to be requested by September 16th, 2019.

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Chiavenna is a small town in the province of Sondrio, which is 60 km far. Here you may find ancient stately houses, beautiful stone fountains and the typical churches which make this town an interesting place to visit both in Winter and Summer. Chiavenna’s historic centre is at the centre of the valley bearing the same name, where it divides into the river Mera.
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The hostel AL Deserto is situated amidst the woods and in a panoramic position, only a few steps away from the historic centre and in close proximity to the train and bus station.
This makes it into an ideal place in which to gather groups. It is possible to use the available self-contained spaces independently. Address: Via al Deserto, 2, 23022 Chiavenna SO

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