Field Building

Relationships: an idea to organise around?

We’ve teamed up with Iona Lawrence who with the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation is exploring how we can create more connective infrastructure between those working in the field of relationships.

Lots of people in lots of different spaces are doing amazing work around building better relationships, but the connections between these nodes are often weak or non-existent. By joining the dots between these bright spots of energy, we believe we can create more than the sum of our parts.

Our shared and uniting goal is to build a world that is designed for and around relationships: a world where relationships are the first mile, not the extra one.

Iona Lawrence

Through Thick and Thin

How an infrastructure for relationships could unlock the collective action we need to accelerate progress towards a world designed for and around relationships 

Drawing on conversations with over 100 people, Iona Lawrence advocates for a more joined-up approach to building – and championing – relationships. She explores the beliefs that we share, the concerns we all hold, and the potential that could be unlocked if we were to deepen our collaborations. 

To get the ball rolling, Iona suggests a set of experiments for deepening collaboration and building shared infrastructure 

Surfacing inspiring ideas

Open, welcoming events in which we can come together to discuss big ideas and a vision for a world built around relationships

Gathering around shared challenges 

Discussion and practical action around shared challenges including measurement and power 

Widening, deepening and strengthening

Mapping who’s doing what and weaving together existing networks to help us all find potential collaborators and kindred spirits

Get involved

To get involved in any of these experiments or to learn more about this work, get in touch with Iona at iona@ionaconsultancy.com

This is a truly open invitation. Only with collective energy and many hands will we be able to create a world that puts relationships front and centre. 

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