Lessons from anthropology

Jitske Kramer


No single organization, no single tribe, exists in a vacuum. There are always other tribes to work with, to sell things to, to take into account, to compete with. Sometimes this is a peaceful process and sometime it’s tough going. We can enter into an intense bond through profound trade relations and intermarriage. Or by building walls, stealing brides and head hunting. This is a lecture in which we travel the world to learn how people work with other tribes. Anthropological lessons that you can directly apply to your own network of relationships, chain cooperation, matrix organization, and co-creation associations.

A keynote full of stories about tribal wars, peace pipes, cultural differences and how to bridge them. Cooperative bonds that traverse organizational boundaries must be of added value for all parties involved. They must reinforce the various organizational aims. And precisely because such forms of cooperation demand extra effort from everyone, is the creation of a common totem and language especially important.

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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. The group will work in smaller groups within the framework provided to discuss the current, mutual cooperation between different organizations. We will also discuss the separate totems of the different parties, which will lead to a unique and in-depth discussion. We will charge the communal totem - the mission, the name, the logo – with stories, and meaning to reinforce and enliven the mutual tribal connections.

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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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