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Alastair Bain
B.Sc. (Econ.) Hons (London), M.A. (Chicago), FAISA

Alastair Bain is a socio-analyst, and a Director of the Centre for Socio-Analysis. Alastair trained at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London, and he worked there as a consultant, action researcher, and educator for 15 years. He was a Founder Member of the Australian Institute of Socio-Analysis, and the Director of the Institute, 1983 – 2003. From 1986 – 1998 Alastair was a Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University (part time). He is a Member of the Tavistock Institute Association, and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations (ISPSO)

Alastair’s main work interests are assisting individuals, groups, and organisations grow; the pursuit of psychological truth; and seeking new balances in dreaming and waking life connections to work, and life generally.



Christopher Falkingham

Christopher Falkingham is a Chartered Accountant and has studied Socio-Analysis for the past five years. He has also been involved in Social Dreaming for the past five years.

Christopher looks forward to continuing working as an accountant and developing Socio-Analysis and Dreaming as a means of assisting organisations, their employees, customers, and investors, learn from their experiences, and gain a better understanding of their conscious and unconscious processes.



Joshua Bain
B.A. (Hons.) Melbourne

Joshua’s interest in socio-analysis, he feels, relates to his interest in philosophy which he studied to Honours level at University. In particular, he sees a translation of his ideas about wonder in philosophy to the practice of socio-analysis, where they might be explored in action.

Social dreaming, and continuing experience of it, he thinks, provides a practical social outlet for wonder, and, potentially, for the developing of new ways of organisation and paths to action.

It is dreams being principally things of wonder which he regards as a postulate for the socio-analytic treatment of them, rather than their being principally things of anxiety, as in psychoanalysis. This parallels a difference in view, say, between Plato and modern thinkers about the origin of philosophy – Plato thinks of it as beginning in wonder, Heidegger, in anxiety [see Stanley Rosen’s essay, “Wonder, Anxiety and Eros”, Giornale Di Metafisica n. 6 – 1957].



Peter Hetrelezis
B.A. La Trobe

Peter Hetrelezis has been involved in social dreaming and socio-analytic training and practice since 1989. He has used socio-analytic methods as a manager within prison reform, has trained within the Socio-Analytic Fellowship Programme, and has been a consultant on social dreaming projects. He is a founder member, Centre for Socio-Analysis.


Gouranga Chattopadhyay
M.Sc., D.Phil. (Calcutta), F.R.A.I. (London), F.A. Sc. & T.(W.B.)
CEO, Chattopadhyay Associates, Kolkota. Professor Emeritus, HRD
Academy, India.

Gouranga Chattopadhyay became a Fellow of the Centre for Socio-Analysis at a ceremony on 15th May, 2006, to celebrate the publication of a Festschrift to honour his work. The Festschrift is entitled "Dare to Think the Unthought Known?", and it consists of papers written by practitioners from India, U.K., Australia, Israel, and Finland on group relations and socio-analytic themes. It is published by Aivoairut in Finland. See

Gouranga Chattopadhyay has been instrumental in introducing, and
developing, Tavistock Group Relations methods in India since the 1970s. Gouranga has also contributed to the development of group relations work and thinking in the U.K., France, Holland, Israel, and Australia.

Kam Saraswati

Karmananda Saraswati

Karmananda Saraswati is a General Practitioner working in remote Aboriginal communities in health. He has an interest in the Dreaming Matrix and other spiritual practices.



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