How do we connect in a changing world? Retooling to make real relationships the central operating principle


We network and transact more than ever, but meaningful relationships are being systematically undermined and displaced by fast and feeble connections.

Shifts in technological capability, in ideological influences, and in managerial models and protocols have diminished the quality of our lives, reduced our collective capacity and eroded the efficacy of our agencies and services.


Growing relationship centred development with three streams of work:

Open Knowledge Bank – Sharing what we know   on how relational principles work in business, on what delivers deep value in public services and on the community activities that generate enduring relationships.

Open Framework for Relationship Centred Design – Developing a community of practise jointly building and applying the principles of relationship centred design along with instruments for co-designing and matchmaking.

Open Platform – Cultivating first a conduit for information. Next a forum for collaboration. Ultimately a catalyst for growing the field.


VIDEO: The You and Me Principle

October 9, 2018

How relationships change the world and where to go with what we know. Film of lecture by David Robinson


Connecting Well

David Robinson is Shift’s founder and a community worker in east London. He is currently exploring new work on social isolation at the Marshall Institute. This is the first in a series of blogs.


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