How do we connect in a changing world? Retooling to make real relationships the central operating principle


We network and transact more than ever, but meaningful relationships are being systematically undermined and displaced by fast and feeble connections.

Shifts in technological capability, in ideological influences, and in managerial models and protocols have diminished the quality of our lives, reduced our collective capacity and eroded the efficacy of our agencies and services.


We are exploring how we can boost capability for relationship-centred development, not only to improve lives and communities, but to create shared value for anyone developing organisations, businesses and institutions. We have three streams of work:

Open Knowledge Bank – Surfacing diverse data for all to sharing and learn from.

Open Framework for Relationship Centred Design – A set of design principles that can be translated into practice

Open Platform – A place for information, discussion and collaboration catalysing scale and sustainable impact.


The You and Me Principle

October 9, 2018

How relationships change the world and where to go with what we know. Transcript of lecture by David Robinson


Connecting Well

David Robinson is Shift’s founder and a community worker in east London. He is currently exploring new work on social isolation at the Marshall Institute. This is the first in a series of blogs.


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