What we do; how we do it

guardian-cartoonThe Relationships Foundation is the think tank for a better connected society.  It was set up  in 1993 to develop relational thinking and engage with policy makers. We believe that a good society is built on good relationships, from family and community to public service and business. We study the effect that culture, business and government have on relationships – eg, in terms of time, finance, etc. We create new ideas for strengthening social connections and campaign on issues where relationships are being undermined. And we train and equip people to think relationally for themselves.

We work with a wide range of policy-makers and  leaders in business, academia, public services and politics to implement relational ideas. Our approach goes beyond the traditional left-right political distinction and we work with any party or group that wants to engage with us.

The Relationships Foundation applies its relational thinking framework to a wide range of contexts – from family and community to public policy and business. In recent years we have concentrated our efforts on developing a new way of measuring national progress in general and on family policy in particular. We work in three main ways:

We review existing evidence and conduct new research, often in partnership, on the importance of relationships and build a picture of cultural trends and the pressures on relationships. This allows us to create new ideas and solutions to build and strengthen relationships.

We want to see action, not just discussion. On the basis of our research, we campaign on issues where relationships are under pressure, whether the end goal is public education or changes in organisational practice or government legislation. From time to time we have started new organisations and launched distinct campaigns to address specific areas of concern. After a period of incubation some of these have become independent organisations.

We inspire people to think relationally, both personally and professionally, providing fresh ideas and tools to map and measure relationships. We also work in partnership to deliver seminars, training workshops and relational audits for organisations and businesses.