Past events

Human Resource Management (HRM) for the Common Good | Olga Andrianova

Holding Earth

Lecturer in Management and REEF member Olga Andrianova is one of the organisers of a spring workshop on Common Good HR Management taking place next month. With the theme of ‘A Common Good Perspective on Sustainable HRM: Contributions to navigating ecological and social sustainability challenges’, the event is free to join online on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March 2024. Find out more about the conference.

Open University Public Lecture | Andreas Malm

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We were thrilled to host a public lecture and discussion from one of the world’s leading climate change and political economy academics, Andreas Malm.

Andreas talked about the key themes from his book White Skin, Black Fuel, exploring the racist and colonial roots of the fossil fuel industry and the legacy of these into present day reactionary and fascist responses to climate change.

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Sarah Jaffe hosts... Guerrilla Democracy: Mobile Power and Revolution in the 21st Century

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Hosted by acclaimed author and labour journalist Sarah Jaffe, this event discusses key themes from the new book, 'Guerrilla Democracy: Mobile Power and Revolution in the 21st Century' from Dr Peter Bloom and OUBS academics Dr Owain Smolović Jones and Dr Jamie Woodcock, and their relevance for contemporary work and social struggles.

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Sarah Jaffe: Work Won’t Love You Back

Image of Sarah JaffeTo support international workers’ day, Sarah Jaffe discusses Work Won’t Love You Back – a book in which she examines the prevalence of the ‘labour of love’ myth: the idea that certain work is not really work, and should be done for the sake of passion rather than material rewards.

Through the lives and experiences of various workers—from the unpaid intern and the overworked teacher, to the nonprofit employee, the domestic worker and even the professional athlete, this talk asks whether we’ve been tricked into a new tyranny of work and proposes some suggestions for how to combat it.

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Lynne Segal: The Politics of Care

In this special International Women’s Day event, one of the most important feminists of our times, Lynne Segal, makes the case for a politics of care – for care to be at the heart of all aspects of contemporary life. Lynne invites us to reimagine the role of care in our everyday lives, urging us to make it the organising principle in every dimension and at every scale of life. We are all dependent on each other, and only by nurturing these interdependencies can we cultivate a world in which each and every one of us can not only live but thrive.

The Collective’s book, the Care Manifesto, is a wonderful and inspiring call for us to put care at the heart of the state and the economy. A caring government must promote collective joy, not the satisfaction of individual desire, the authors state. This means the transformation of how we organise work through co-operatives, localism and nationalisation. It proposes the expansion of our understanding of kinship for a more 'promiscuous care'. It calls for caring places through the reclamation of public space, to make a more convivial city. It sets out an agenda for the environment, most urgent of all, putting care at the centre of our relationship to the natural world.

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Grace Blakeley: Recovering from the Corona Crash with a Green New Deal

Image of Grace BlakeleyCome and join esteemed author and economist Grace Blakeley for an online public lecture from The Open University’s Research into Employment, Empowerment and Futures (REEF) academic centre of excellence, as she discusses her new book, The Corona Crash.

The Corona crisis has devastated lives and economies, disproportionately harming the poorest and most vulnerable in our societies. So how do we build back in ways that enhance prosperity and health?

In this online public lecture, Grace Blakeley will draw on ideas from her new book, The Corona Crash (available to buy here), arguing that the pandemic will reshape the UK and global economies in profound ways. The question is not whether things will change, but how. This present moment therefore offers an opportunity to reshape the future in liberating ways. The time has come, Grace will argue, to organise for a Green New Deal, one that aligns climate justice with social and economic justice.

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Methods that Matter: Encountering Materiality and Affect in Organisations

Wednesday 26 February, 09:30 to 17:00 (GMT), Milton Keynes

This workshop will be of interest to doctoral and experienced researchers in organisation studies and management, and other social sciences, who are interested in new materialism and affect.

The invited speakers will discuss how they have responded to the opportunities and challenges of studying materiality and affect in their own research.

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Webinar: What are Empowering Methodologies and why should you consider using them?

Thursday 6 February, 12.00-12.30pm GMT

This webinar, hosted by Professor Emma Bell, explained the concept of Empowering Methodologies and the benefits of using them.

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Webinar: Empowering Methodologies in Organisational Research

Tuesday 28 January, 12.00-12.30pm GMT

This webinar, hosted by Dr Tim Butcher, gave a background to the project, introduced to the course structure and content, and explained why you should study this course.

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The Ethical Responsibilities of Professionals in a Climate of Uncertainty - An Unconference

Wednesday 5 June 2019, London

This unconference discussed the ethical responsibilities of professionals in a climate of uncertainty.

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Empowering Methodologies in Management Research Conference

29-30 May 2019, The Open University, Milton Keynes

This conference will explore possibilities for revitalising management and organisation studies by developing more empowering ways of doing research. The conference will take place on 29-30 May 2019 at The Open University in Milton Keynes.

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Learning, leadership and ethical practice in professional contexts

Monday 1 April 2019, The Open University, Milton Keynes

A workshop of discussion, reflection and creating, where anyone interested in the interface between leadership, organisational learning and ethics was welcome.

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‘What is the Future of Professional Knowledge and Learning?’ An Unconference

Wednesday 13 June 2018, London

This unconference was open to anyone interested in the future of professional work. The purpose was to facilitate discussions that might lead to new working relationships and projects in this area.

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Research Development Day

14th June 2018, The Open University, Milton Keynes

This event included talks from invited guests: Ann Cunliffe Professor of Organisation Studies, Fundação Getulio Vargas-EAESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Staffan Furusten Associate Professor of Management, Stockholm School of Economics and Director of the interdisciplinary Stockholm Centre for Organisational Research (SCORE), Stockholm University, Sweden; Hilary Sommerlad Professor of Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds, UK