Over the last 25 years, the Jubilee Centre, and the Relational organisations launched from it, have been developing a method for describing and analysing relationships. The need for this arose originally as we sought to address public policy questions from a relational perspective, following Jesus’ teaching that God’s intentions for all of life centre on relationships, and found that the existing language around personal relationships was inadequate for the task.
So Michael Schluter and David Lee went back to the scriptures, especially the jubilee provisions in the Old Testament, to try and understand God’s priorities for relationships in public life (in the video below Michael Schluter explains the story).
The new language and framework which has been developed since then is the Relational Proximity Framework (it is copyrighted as there is a commercial company, Relational Analytics, selling tools and metrics to businesses and public sector organisations based on the framework). This is made up of five key conditions or ‘drivers’ of relationships: directness of communication, continuity of story, multiplexity of information, parity of power and commonality of purpose.
Click here to open the document which explains these five elements and how they work together.