Partner Updates

Celebration of Life

Ken Milne

On behalf of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, we mourn the passing of a beautiful soul - Ken Milne. An RCRC founding partner, respected colleague and dear friend, Ken's way of being has positively impacted us and the troubled world in which we live. 

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On behalf of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, we mourn the passing of a beautiful soul - Ken Milne. An RCRC founding partner, respected colleague and dear friend, Ken's way of being has positively impacted us and the troubled world in which we live. 

In Spring 2011, Ken came to visit us at the newly founded RCRC at Brandeis University, accompanied by his dear colleagues Nancy Whitelaw and Margaret Nish. They had discovered relational coordination in their studies and found it to be aligned with the philosophy of their start-up company Salus Global. We immediately felt that we were kindred spirits - idealistic about the potential for human goodness, and highly practical about how to achieve it. Salus Global became a founding partner of the RCRC, and Ken became a founding member of our board. He was a strategic thinker who helped to build the RCRC's training and certification programs to increase the real-world impact of relational coordination. 

As you know, Ken was also a lovely human being - sincere, humorous, generous and kind. At the annual RCRC Roundtable last year in Copenhagen, the last one he would attend, the wife of a colleague had a health scare in the hotel. I found Ken and Nancy nearby and asked them to help. They responded immediately with a calming, caring presence that turned the situation around. From this experience, I came to understand that a calming, caring presence, along with the knowledge to ask the right questions, is at the heart of healing and indeed at the heart of leadership. 

In January I will recommend to the RCRC board that we establish an annual award - the Kenneth Milne Award for Relational Leadership - for a member of our community who exemplifies the high standards that Ken has set for us. 

Ken, we love you, we will miss you, and we promise to carry on our work in your honor.
 
With caring thoughts, 
Jody Hoffer Gittell, Executive Director and Founder 
Relational Coordination Research Collaborative 
November 25, 2018

New Partners

We welcome two new partners from organizational partner, The Veterans Administration, Martha Gerrity, and Samuel Edwards. We also welcome Robin Atwood from University of Texas at Austin (Faculty Partner) and Graham Wright from Brandeis University (Faculty Partner).

Partner News

Elli Meleti, David Christenson, Shyamal Sharma and  Wale Olaleye

Elli Meleti presented her work in two conferences. The first was 5th Workshop on Business Ethics, (May 20-May 21) in Brussels, Belgium. Her presentation was called "Human Sustainability, Relational Coordination, and Worker Outcomes: A Conceptual Framework". Elli also presented at the POS conference at the Ross Business School in the Positive Organizational Scholarship and Sustainability session.

David Christenson presented to the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management.

Shyamal Sharma had her work funded by the Topol Foundation. 

Wale Olaleye was married in Nigeria. Our Executive Director, Jody Hoffer Gittell, attended the wedding. Read more about it in our June newsletter! 

 

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