Deep Democracy & Conflict

Jitske Kramer


In all the uncertainty of life, we know two things for sure. That we are all different. And that we all deal with differences badly. Yes… we do find differences that are merely variations on ourselves fun and inspiring. But when the differences offer contrasting interests and differing opinions that lead us into conflict with ourselves and with each other… then many of us would rather avoid the tensions. A keynote on polarization and Deep Democracy, with lessons from post-apartheid South Africa.

Deep Democracy recognizes that when different voices come into conversation with each other there will inevitably be differences of opinion. This is the gift of diversity, and its challenge. The Lewis Method outlines a structured way of leading people into tensions and potential conflicts, knowing that innovative solutions, sustainable decisions, wisdom and transformational growth lie in that exploration. In this way the Method unearths the Gold of Conflict.

A keynote for people who wish to resolve conflicts, make use of differences and then dare to make sustainable decisions. The insights and new ways of having arguments make resolving conflicts just that little bit easier. Almost nicer...

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During a masterclass there is more time for questions and how to translate the topics to your organization. We’ll use our intake session to discuss the focus and the topics that need more exploration. After the introduction, we get down to work with the conversation tool to have constructive arguments; by removing the nuancing and examining the differing poles and sides in their extremes, we can reach a greater understanding, build stronger connections and gain more thorough insights. We can work in twos, even when the participants do not know each other, and with hundreds all at the same time. Or we can work as a group; with one instructor to a maximum of 50 people.

We facilitate courageous decisions and lively conflicts in the seclusion of the boardroom as well as for a wider group.

About us

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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