The A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

This Whole Systems Consulting workshop aims to bridge the gap between Group Relations conference experience or academic work, and its application in your consulting practice: from personal learning to systematic understanding and organizational change. Participants will practice a distinctive methodology to unlock and transform the unconscious dynamics that cost your clients time, money and human energy.

Advanced Practice Workshop
November 3-5, 2017
Chicago, IL


The A.K. Rice Institute (AKRI) is a community of teachers, students, and practitioners of a discipline known as Group Relations. Group Relations offers a powerful and unique methodology for understanding how our unconscious thoughts and feelings significantly impact our lives when we are in groups; from family to workplace to nation. Our “technology”, based on 40 years of theory, research and practice can rapidly provide, through direct experience, dazzling insights into the complex mysteries of the human psyche as it manifests in groups. Through those insights, one develops an increased capacity to effectively navigate the challenges of thriving in the modern world. At the core of group relations work is an event know as the Group Relations Conference. This is an intensive participatory process that provides participants the opportunity to study their own behavior as it happens in real-time without the distractions of everyday social niceties and workplace pressures and protocols. In this unique environment, many often hidden aspects of our ways of being and working are brought to light and more consciously considered in terms of what supports our effectiveness and what detracts from it. In particular how leadership and authority are manifest. Participants in our experiential conferences often report “ah ha” moments that can last for days, months or years.

Obituary, Edward B. Klein

Ed Klein, AKRI Fellow, died peacefully at home with his family before the polls opened on election day, 2016 – his final protest against bigotry and hatred. In his death, as in his life, he affirmed his deep respect for humanity, his love for his family, and his hope for the world. [Read the Full Obituary]

2016 Annual Report

At the 2015 Fall Board retreat, a re-visioning of the Board’s functioning and roles occurred, and the membership committee took-up a new aim of reciprocity; conceptualized as increased Board accessibility, communication, and transparency. The 2016 Annual Report was distributed at the Dialogues III in Chicago, and reflects a step forward in our initial efforts toward a high touch approach to the member/board boundary. [View the 2016 Annual Report]

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