Relational Thinking & Practices


Relational Thinking is the mindful, improvised practice of designing life from within the spaces between people. In business it is the space between the company and its customers. In a couple relationship, it is the space between the partners.In teaching, it is the space between the teacher and the students. In research, it is the space between the researchers and the participants/consumers of research.

Saliha draws on Ken Gergen’s work on Relational Being, Harlene Anderson’s Collaborative Practices and Performative Theory to formulate her ideas of  Relational Thinking and Practices.

Relational Thinking relocates focus from the me to the we, engendering mutual priorities and partnerships that grow satisfaction and fulfillment for all parties. It is a way of being in relationships where one is curious, compassionate and creating with people that which we mutually prioritize. Such a way of being includes being present to what is being created, even as we describe that which is being created. It is a mindful practice of  living in an interconnected way. Our stories are interconnected and webs that create the thing we call life. Who we are, are the stories we make. The stories we make, are the lives we live. The lives we live are the stories that shape who we are. Holding our stories lightly, in play, we generate creative ways of living a life of possibilities.