Alan Ruiz: Standards, Structures, and Institutions

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Virtual ForumJune 5, 2021, 9am–5:45pm EDT

As part of a forthcoming project by Alan Ruiz

The Kitchen and New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems are excited to announce an online group relations event in the Tavistock Tradition. On June 5, 2021, all are invited to join the virtual forum, Standards, Structures, and Institutions: Reimagining Authority, Value and ______ in a World of Difference.

This one-day event is designed to facilitate participants in exploring societal experiences that both subjugate and free us, using a group relations methodology. Members are invited to work with and confront the standards, structures, and institutions, both visible and invisible, literal and unconscious, that define our world while forming a temporary learning organization with staff. Staff have been assembled with a focus on diversity and intersectionality. The event is an opportunity to reimagine the authorities and values that inform the psychological and physical boundaries that place limits on how we relate to one another.

Through group relations, members and staff are invited to explore in depth the intersection between standards, structures and institutions in a world of difference. In addition, they will examine connections to leadership, followership, and authority to better understand individual and collective behavior in groups and how we take up our role, in complex and powerful systems.

This event is based on the Tavistock Model of Group Relations, which was developed in London, England, in the 1950s. In 1965, Margaret Rioch and A. Kenneth Rice, for whom the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI) was named, imported the model to the United States. This time-honored method offers a dynamic lens for exploring conscious and unconscious behavior within groups, organizations, and social systems. More specifically, group relations thinking offers insight into our experiences of group life across the different contexts that make up our daily lives, such as at home, the workplace, and within the many institutions that make up society at large.

Standards, Structures, and Institutions: Reimagining Authority, Value and ______ in a World of Difference is directed by Dr. Patrick Jean-Pierre and is hosted by the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems (an affiliate partner of AKRI) and co-sponsored by Group Relations International as well as The Kitchen, in conjunction with a residency Alan Ruiz will conduct at The Kitchen in June 2021. Further information about Alan Ruiz's residency will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ticket information:

Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford: your generosity supports our delivery of a sustainable event in service of equity and opportunity. Click here to register. 

Full fee - $75
Reduced fee (New York Center Member) - $50
Reduced fee (Non-student) - $50
Student fee (2020/2021) - $25
Other – variable contribution upon request.

For all event-related queries, email: thenewyorkcenterGRC@gmail.com.


Patrick Jean-Pierre, PsyD, Director
Alan Ruiz, MFA, Associate Director
Olive Demar, PhD, Director of Administration

Olive Demar, PhD, Director of Administration
Tang, BA, Administrator
Matthew Lyons, BA, Administrator

Consulting Staff
Jodi Austin, MA
Kristopher Hall, PhD
Patrick Jean-Pierre, PsyD
Lauren Levy, MA
Michael Lindsay, PhD
Mary McRae, PhD
Annysa Polanco, MSW
Alan Ruiz, MFA
Tyrome Smith, MA

Supported by the A.K. Rice Institute as an Incubator Initiative in the development and exploration of Group Relations.

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