Towards a world of good relationships

Hosted by the Marshall Institute

In-person and online public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building)


David Robinson

David Robinson

Kirsty McNeill

Kirsty McNeill


Gemma Mortensen

Gemma Mortensen



Professor Stephan Chambers

Professor Stephan Chambers

How are we to heal divided communities, to respect difference, trade fairly, care for the displaced, respond to crises, or share the natural world? How are we to live together? More than ever, the big questions that we face are all about relationships. Their substance and quality will determine the direction and quality of our lives.

In his 2018 LSE public lecture David Robinson set out the case for building a better society by building better relationships. What happened next? David will tell the unfolding story of the Relationships Project, discuss new trends in our understanding of relationships, and put forward his practical vision of a place where 'meaningful relationships are the central operating principle' for social innovation. 

Meet our speakers and chair

David Robinson (@Davrob5) founded and co leads the Relationships Project.  He is  a community development worker with a long record in social innovation  founding or co-founding several organisations including Community Links, Shift and the Children's Discovery Centre. Formerly the Chair of the Prime Ministers Council on Social Action, David was once described by the Guardian as “the godfather of the community sector, equally admired on the left and right”.

Kirsty McNeill (@kirstyjmcneill) is Save the Children's Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns. She was a Special Adviser to Gordon Brown  and currently chairs IPPR, the Civic Power Fund, Larger Us and the advisory board of Our Scottish Future. She also serves as a non-exec director on the boards of The Climate Coalition, The Coalition for Global Prosperity, The Center for Countering Digital Hate and the Labour Climate and Environment Forum. She is a regular public commentator on power, politics and policy, and is Labour's candidate for the Midlothian constituency for the next general election. 

Gemma Mortensen (@GemmaMortensen) is the Co-Founder of New Constellations and chair of More in Common. She sits on the global advisory boards of Yale University's International Leadership Centre and the Apolitical Foundation. She was previously Chief Global Officer at, the world’s largest platform for social change, and CEO of Crisis Action  and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Systems Leadership. She was recognised by CNN as one of their Inspirational Women in 2014 and the World Economic Forum as one of its Young Global Leaders in 2011.

Stephan Chambers is the inaugural director of the Marshall Institute at LSE. He is also Professor in Practice at the Department of Management at LSE and Course Director for the Executive Masters in Social Business and Entrepreneurship. Before joining LSE, he was the Co-Founder of the Skoll World Forum, Chair of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Director of International Strategy at Saїd Business School, Oxford University.

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