Relational Coordination Collaborative

Roundtable 2022

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Building Relationships Across Differences for Multi-Level Systems Change

November 4-5 (workshops Nov. 6) | Boston, MA


To solve the challenges we face today, multi-level systems change is needed more than ever.  At every level of our systems, however, relationships are broken and in need of rebuilding.  How can we “flip the narrative” to see our differences as valuable resources for problem solving?  How can we leverage the rich information offered by our differences to find systemic solutions and achieve desired outcomes for all participants?  What role does leadership play in bridging across these differences?  Join us November 4 and 5 in Boston for the 12th Annual RCC Roundtable - with additional workshops on November 6 - to share your work and to learn from others. 

The Relational Coordination Collaborative is a global community of researchers and leaders working together to transform relationships for high performance and positive change and the Roundtable is an annual event that brings together community members and friends to share their work and learn from others.  The Roundtable offers interactive presentations, keynote speakers, professional development workshops, and informal engagement as a way to build your networks.   

This 12th Annual Roundtable builds on emerging work in the Relational Coordination Collaborative - including Relating Across Differences - a project led by Wale Olaleye at Brandeis University and Tony Suchman at Relationship Centered Health Care to build relationships across professional and social identity differences at the Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and University of Washington Medical Center to improve outcomes for multiple stakeholders; and Building Relational Ecosystems for Innovation - a project led by Ina Sebastian at the MIT Center for Information Systems Research to understand and strengthen multi-sectoral initiatives to solve grand challenges. 

We are inviting practitioners and researchers from all sectors - corporations, non-profits, health systems, universities, schools, professional associations, unions, communities, public sector organizations - to share their knowledge about building relationships across differences for multi-level systems change in the following areas and beyond:

  • Professional and Social Identities.  Building relational coordination across intersecting professional and social identities to achieve desired outcomes for multiple stakeholders (led by Wale Olaleye, Brandeis University)
  • Worker Voice and Worker Well-Being.  Connecting across ethnic, gender, occupational and power differences to achieve worker voice, fair pay and worker well-being (led by Yaminette Diaz-Linhart, MIT Sloan)
  • Strengthening Healthcare Networks.  Strengthening networks across healthcare systems, community organizations, and public health to address social determinants of health and deliver high value care (led by Jody Hoffer Gittell, Brandeis University)
  • Relational Ecosystems.  Building relationships across diverse stakeholders in ecosystems to solve grand social challenges like climate change, pandemics, affordable healthcare, poverty and hunger (led by Ina Sebastian, MIT Center for Information Systems Research)
  • Resilient Communities.  Building relationships across differences to build inclusive, safe and resilient communities (led by Brenda Bond and Lauren Hajjar, Suffolk University)

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Our local host committee is eager to welcome you to Boston, a highly walkable, diverse city with exciting new leadership from Mayor Michelle Wu.  


Who Should Attend

  • Leaders seeking to improve outcomes for multiple stakeholders
  • Consultants and coaches seeking to help leaders engage in transformational change
  • Researchers seeking to partner with leaders in change efforts
  • Students seeking to develop their research and get feedback on their ideas and findings

Your Expected Outcomes

  • Learn how to build relationships across differences
  • Learn from leaders, consultants, coaches and researchers who are using the transformational approach of relational coordination in their work
  • Learn how to utilize tools to collect and analyze RC and other data to improve organizational performance 
  • Learn how to socialize relational coordination within an organization and how to share RC data with key stakeholders
  • Become an agent of positive change