READ THE LISTENING POST REPORT

On or about 8th January 2014, under the guidance and coordination of OPUS, Listening Posts aimed at providing a snapshot of the societal dynamics of each country at the dawn of 2014, were held in twenty seven different countries around the world (Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany (2 Reports), Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy (2 Reports), Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, &; USA). These were all reported in a similar format (see ‘Britain and the World at the Dawn of 2003’ in Organizational &; Social Dynamics 3 (1): 165-169), researched and analysed by the authors, to produce this Global Report.The authors self-defined their task as follows. To research and analyse the National Reports with a view to:
1)  Identify common themes arising within the Reports from the twenty seven countries;
2)  Explore relationships between themes and to reduce these down to major or dominant themes;
3) Collate supporting information from the Reports for analysis of these themes; and
4) Formulate hypotheses arising there from.
The Opus Global Report will be published in the OPUS International Journal ‘Organisational & Social Dynamics’ in the June/2014 Issue.   


The Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations (CCSGO), an affiliate of the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI) is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the covert processes affecting leadership and authority within groups and social systems, with particular attention to:

  • Experiencing the ways in which covert processes in groups and organizations may impede or facilitate the accomplishment of work and goals that affect one’s ability to lead and to follow.
  • Studying the effects on leadership and followership of individual differences, such as race, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age
  • Learning about the multiple ways in which you can more successfully take up your roles as leaders and followers, exercise authority and responsibility, and enhance your organization’s effectiveness.
  • In the tradition of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, the Chicago Center develops and sponsors group relations conferences and other related training programs based on the application of psychodynamic and open systems theories. Since 1988, the Chicago Center has sponsored one or two group relations conferences each year.
  • A group relations conference provides a powerful and distinctive means for participants to learn from their own experience how to take up authority, leadership, and participation in increasingly responsible and effective ways. Learning more about social systems can advance greater individual professional development as well as greater organizational and social system effectiveness to address the challenges of the 21st century.
  • In addition, the Chicago Center sponsors ongoing Peer Consultation and Study Groups in which CCSGO members and other interested persons learn together from studying and applying concepts such as authority, role, task, and boundaries to the understanding of their own work situations.
  • CCSGO welcomes applications for membership from anyone who wishes to study the exercise of authority in groups and organizations. There are several levels of membership to accommodate different levels of interest and qualifications. We believe that membership and participation in the work of the Chicago Center can help you to more successfully and responsibly take up your roles as leader and follower and we invite you to join us in our work.

Depending on your previous experience, there are three levels of membership at which you may join:

  • Associate Member: You must have attended at least two A.K. Rice/Tavistock group relations conferences, or equivalent, and must have served as a staff member of at least one AKRI-sponsored conference, or attended one national conference or two residential conferences as a member. Associates are voting members, are able to serve on the CCSGO board, and pay dues to AKRI as well as to CCSGO.
  • Friend: You must show interest in the work of CCSGO/AKRI, enjoy the benefits of participating in CCSGO programs, training and committee work. Friends pay dues only to CCSGO and need not join AKRI.
  • Student: Student memberships offer the same requirements and benefits as those of a Friend and pay less dues.

Please return the attached application with your check for $50 if you are applying for membership at the Associate or Friend level, or $25 and a copy of your student ID if you are applying for membership at the Student level.

Please remember to apply at the Associate level, you must also be a member of AKRI. You may contact AKRI at:

To apply for CCSGO membership, please send us an email.

Chicago Listening Post – Click on the photo to read the report