Planning, control, influence on the course of things

Lessons from anthropology

Jitske Kramer


Setting targets, allocating time frames, detailed project planning, to-do lists… We are all rather busy trying in different ways to exert influence on, and have control over, the course of things. In this lecture, we take a step back from the rat-race of planning & control. Looking through the anthropologist’s lens at the elusive idea of time and how people in different cultures deal with it. A lecture that challenges your assumptions and gives you your sharp edge back.

We’ll challenge the obvious… Can you even make time measurable? And do we actually have any influence on the world or is that left to a higher power? Where does our future begin and end? How much sense does setting a point on the horizon make? And can you create moments beyond time and space in which real change can take place? A keynote full of wonderful stories and surprising insights for everyone who makes phased plans and to-do lists. A great learning at management conferences, just before the action plans are made.

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HumanDimensions looks at companies and organizations through the eyes of an anthropologist. How do people shape cultures and cultures shape people? We travel around the world looking for ways of building strong tribes, safe for diversity and ready for change. And we bring our findings to the world of organizing and cooperating through our excellent keynote speeches, master classes and training courses. Deep Democracy. Inclusion. Diversity. Organizational culture. Leadership.

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