Relational Welfare

Nordic Conference

In June 2019 we will welcome you to our 5th Nordic Conference.

Relational Welfare – Organizational Capacity & Relational Leadership Practices
June 26 – 28 2019, Aarhus, Denmark

On this page you will find information about the conference. Scroll down to find the official programme

Join the conference and explore learning from the latest advances in collaborative practice

Joint Action, The TAOS Institute and Aarhus municipality are excited to invite you, your colleagues and relationally sensitive practitioners and scholars, to our 5th Nordic Conference in Collaborate Practices and Human Centered Governance. This year we further expand our focus from last year’s topic: practices of leadership. We are examining how leadership builds and develops organizational capacity and relational welfare practices.


Why do we study Leadership and Relational Welfare?

Recent research among public sector leaders indicates agreement about what the most present challenges in our modern society are. Simultaneously, there is little coherence in how leaders try to engage with these challenges. For so many leaders and their employees, stress and frustration is a part of their worklife. We believe that collaborative practices offer a comprehensive and promising alternative to the dominant practices of leadership and public welfare of the last century. At the center of the relational approach is a fundamental shift towards a view of leadership and welfare as something we do together in collaborative settings, instead of something we do to each other.

We have learned that relational welfare calls for a new orientation in leadership. The focus moves away from managing people into fostering productive relationships across silos and bureaucratic structures. It is a leadership that encourages innovation over stability, process over structures, participation over regimentation, and solutions over services. It is widely accepted that leadership and public welfare must be rooted in relational practices. Such practices unleash enormous potential and demonstrate great promise for the future of leadership and public welfare.


What to expect of the Conference?

The goal of the Conference is to help the participants to be able to create innovative solutions in the relation between the public sector and citizens in a municipality. Solutions, that will inspire to develop new initiatives in all different kinds of organisations in the public sector. Keynotes and workshops will be of the highest quality. Both Danish, Nordic and international scientists, experts, teachers, leaders and advisers will base their keynotes and workshops on their many years of practising and researching relational welfare.

In the workshops, we combine both theoretical and practical knowledge, and the workshop practitioners will bring along their own cases and customers,  to give the participants an up to date and authentic idea of how relational welfare is practised in real life.

The program of 2019 invites you to a day of exploring new Nordic and international research findings. The second day is for the practitioners and leaders with workshops on how to build and develop organizational capacity. And lastly a day of learning from practical, real life cases.

We are introducing two new segments to the programme: Relational Talks and Poster Sessions. With the relational talks we invite keynote speakers to give a short presentation on a specific subject. When each keynote has done their presentation, we ask the audience to participate in a discussion on the subject of the presentation. The poster sessions are an opportunity for the workshop practitioners to present the essence of what will take place in their session, and why you should participate in them.


List of key note speakers:

We look forward to presenting next year’s main speakers to the nordic conference.

Aarhus Municipality & the TAOS Institute

joint action & Joint Action Analytics

Vi har igen inviteret Århus Kommune ind som central partner for konferencen. Med dette samarbejde tager konferencen afsæt i nyeste viden og praksiserfaringer fra den virkelighed, som kommuner står i. Aarhus kommune tænker “kommunen forfra”, og hele byen emmer lige nu af engagementet til at gentænke – Let’s Rethink lyder sloganet for den nyligt indledte kulturhovedstad. Vi lægger os i forlængelse af bevægelsen og vil med denne konference, i tæt samarbejde med Aarhus kommune, gentænke vores velfærd. Vi byder dig velkommen til årets konference 2019 – her inviteres du, sammen med resten af konferencens deltagere, ind til et samarbejde om at udvikle mulige velfærdsløsninger til de reelle udfordringer.

List of key note speakers

  • Hilary Cottam Innovatør og social entreprenør
  • Karl Tomm Professor i psykiatri
  • Jacob Storch Adm. direktør i joint action // Erhvervs Ph.D. (prof. doctorate)
  • Carsten Hornstrup
    Carsten Hornstrup Direktør og managing partner Cand.Scient.Pol//MSc//ph.d
  • Kenneth Gergen
    Kenneth Gergen Professor, President of TAOS Institute
  • Ottar Ness Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Birgit Valla
    Birgit Valla Psykolog og direktør for Stangehjelpa

Get contacted to hear,

if the conference is for you

You can contact us on +45 27 13 40 80 or write to

Mød konferencens videnspartnere

Aarhus Kommune

Aarhus Kommune

Aarhus Kommune har gennem mange projekter været dagsordensættende i forhold til at gentænke den kommunale velfærdstænkning og -praksis. Blandt andet gennem projekterne Kærlig Kommune og Kommune forfra - Århus gentænker velfærden.

VIA University College

VIA University College

VIAs forskning og udvikling skaber viden, der er med til at finde nye løsninger på samfundsmæssige udfordringer. VIA laver primært anvendt forskning i samarbejde med private og offentlige partnere

joint action

joint action

joint action er et århusiansk konsulenthus, der arbejder forskningsbaseret med organisations- og ledelsesudvikling. I joint action er vi optaget af vores evne til at samarbejde og skabe bedre sociale verdener.

SUS arbejder med social innovation med brugerne i centrum. De er specialiseret i at udvikle sociale løsninger, der skaber bedre livskvalitet for mennesker i en svær livssituation.

SUS har mere end 20 års erfaring med at udvikle sociale løsninger i tæt samspil med borgere og professionelle. De samarbejder med og løser opgaver for organisationer, kommuner, ministerier og fonde.

The conference takes place in Aarhus C

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