Earlier in the Summer of 2023, we launched The Relationships Map: a growing directory of the many brilliant individuals and organisations putting relationships first in all that they do. It’s our hope that the map will act as a springboard for connections to be made, and ideas and resources to be shared. The map has been growing apace and already contains a treasure trove of inspiration. Here, we share some of the ideas, traditions, books, organisations, networks, podcasts and more which inspire members of the field in their relationship-centred practice. 

Image of some of the individuals and organisations who have put themselves on the Relationships Map so far

Inspiration for relationship-centred practice…

Traditions / worldviews 

Ubuntu more than deserves a mention, not least because it demonstrates that many traditional and indigenous cultures have a beautifully integrative perspective on human relationships and deeply understand interdependence both between people and nature. There’s much inspiration to be gained from connecting with Ubuntu’s wisdom and practices

Thempra Social Pedagogy CIC

I gain inspiration from glimpses into worldviews – including buddhism and taoism – that see the world as fundamentally one of interdependence (balanced with autonomy). When one sees the world as a living, learning and loving system – a world with interconnection and compassion at its heart – and wants to help nurture a world that is increasingly like that, centering relationships becomes a must.

Alan Hudson - Living, learning & loving systems

Inspiration, for me, comes from personal experience of working in communities that have lost in trust statutory services, or with organisations that have less traditional power than the health system

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System

I’m inspired by nature as a model. We’re interested in what human communities can learn from how nature organises. Interbeing. Ecologies. Reciprocity. Forests. Mycelium and more!

Make / Shift

We get our inspiration around relationships everywhere! It’s frequently from conversations with other people who work relationally, so each and every one of these practitioners are our primary source of inspiration

Thempra Social Pedagogy CIC


  • All about love, bell hooks
  • Indigenous Healing, Rupert Ross
  • Little Book of Circle Processes, Kay Pranis
  • Octavia Butler’s books
  • On Repentance and Repair, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
  • Radical Help, Hillary Cottam
  • Reinventing Organisations, Federick Laloux
  • Rekindling Democracy, Cormac Russell
  • The Alternative, Mauricio Miller
  • The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz
  • The Good Life, Bob Waldinger and Marc Schulz
  • The Little Book of Radical Healing, Thomas Norman DeWolf and Jodie Geddes
  • The Scavenger Mindset, Clare Richmond
  • The Trampoline Effect
  • The Tyranny of Merit, Michael Sandel
  • We Shall Not Cancel Us, adrienne marie brown
  • Your Brain on Art, Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross


  • Asset-based community development
  • #Behumankind practitioner experience
  • Coursera programme – The Science of Wellbeing 
  • Tavistock and Portman Clinic Masters


We’re conditioned to turn away from the things that most connect us – from the things that make us most human.

To human bravely is to intentionally choose to act from the things that foster a sense of shared humanity and connection (like vulnerability, curiosity, wholeness, compassion, openness, etc.) rather than from the things that damage it (like shame, control, superiority, separation, perfectionism, defensiveness, urgency, dominant culture, etc.).

It is a brave and radical choice to practice being more human rather than less.

Human Bravely


I am inspired by Greg Boyle in his work with marginalised and demonised gang members in Los Angeles. His philosophy to care and support is: “If love is the answer, community is the context and tenderness the methodology

Social work and care services in Wales

  • bell hooks
  • Brene Brown
  • Cormac Russell
  • David Bollier
  • Edgar Cahn
  • Frederic Laloux
  • Greg Boyle
  • Ibram X Kendi
  • Immy Kauer
  • Jack Pearpoint
  • Jason Reynolds
  • Jeremy Lent
  • John O’Brien
  • Jon Alexander
  • June Holley
  • Kate Raworth
  • Kelly Ann McKercher
  • Maff Potts
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Mariame Kaba
  • Martin Luther King
  • Mother Teresa
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Norah Bateson
  • Polly Curtis
  • Rob Hopkin
  • Susan David’s work on emotional agility
  • Tarana Burke
  • Tyson Yunkaporta

The Relationships Map