Jam Cultures

About inclusion, power and differences

Jitske Kramer


Complex issues can only be solved from a variety of perspectives. But confrontations with people holding opposing views is not just creative, fun and enriching. It also requires the courage to look into contrasts, to trust strangers and to bring your own beliefs up for discussion.

Inclusion is a hot topic. It is about who is allowed to participate in what, who is allowed to contribute input on which topics and who is allowed a say in decision-making. And who are not. In other words: it is about boundaries, leadership, power, privileges, conflicts, emotions, curiosity, differences and similarities. Collaborations fail because of different organization cultures. Decisions are less good because not all insights are heard. People are excluded because of their race, religion, age or sexual orientation. Inclusive leadership is one of the biggest challenges of our time.

In Jam Cultures, you will learn to see inclusion as a jam session, where you come together with courage and connection. Everyone dares to make their own voice heard, to create a better whole together, in constant harmonization. Separate yet together. With strong boundaries and loving attention. Tough and loving at the same time.

In this lecture (or master class), Jitske describes and covers quite heavy topics in a light-hearted way. With five essential themes and eight principles to work on and an energetic language to discuss sore points. She makes you think. About how much diversity you can handle. And want to handle. And have to handle. Join the Jam.

With topics including:

  • How culture can serve as a weapon: inclusion and exclusion, unconscious prejudice
  • Practical tools for inclusive leadership
  • The importance of risk, a slight amount of insecurity and trust to realize inclusion
  • Why and how moral courage and rebel energy is needed for more inclusion

An inspiring lecture with anthropological lessons about a different perspective, inclusion, power, ranking, leadership, conflict, unconscious prejudice and diversity. Jitske discusses heavy themes in a light-hearted manner. She makes you think. About how much diversity you can handle. And want to handle. You will leave a different person than you were when you arrived.

Based on Jitske Kramer’s latest book: Jam Cultures and the previously published Wow! What a Difference (2013).

Book a keynote or master class


Inclusion is a major theme. With a very light and uplifting side, and with a dark and heavy side. All of our Jam Cultures lectures about diversity and inclusion are based on eight inclusion principles. Combined with all kinds of anthropological insights about how people shape cultures together. And how cultures shape people. There is a lot to say on the topic, which does not all fit into one lecture. So we have to choose. Or extend the lecture to a master class.

During the intake session over the phone, we coordinate the needs and possibilities within the available time. The book Jam Cultures covering the eight inclusion principles forms the guideline along which we highlight certain aspects and make choices.


During a masterclass there is more time for questions and how to translate the topics to your organization. The intent is to have short segments of theory and explanation, followed by time for interaction and dialogue. In a plenary session or in subgroups. Possibly with an interactive game or a reflection assignment in subgroups. We can also combine a lecture with a bucket drumming session led by the inspiring Tudor Rutjes. During the intake session, we will discuss the content angle and determine the work method.

We can also give this master class a more strategic angle: what is needed to make the organization more diverse and inclusive? This strategic approach is the most effective when the ones making the decisions are in the room.

Join the Jam

Jitske makes in this special and musical keynote a unique combination of solid content and spoken word. She talks about how people set and push boundaries. About power, ranking and taking risks to get in flow together. About meaningful encounters, courage and leadership. About the Jam Circle. On the usefulness and necessity of inclusion for teams and organizations.

Do not expect a standard lecture, but an experience that sets people in motion. A performance with music, stories, spoken word, compact theory and visual graphics.

Depending on wishes and possibilities, Jitske stands with musicians on stage to jam together, or uses soundscapes for her performance. The musicians she collaborates with are: Sietse van Gorkom (violinist, Kyteman orchestra, among others), Gustavo Gabrera (violinist) and Rob van de Wouw (trumpet player).

This performance is especially suitable for (theater) halls with a large screen and a good sound installation.

Time: 45 to 90 minutes

Jitske Kramer travels all over the world to learn from traditional healers, leaders, surprising innovators and random passers-by. She looks at the world and at organizations through the eyes of an anthropologist. Cultural anthropology is the discipline that asks what it means to be a human among humans in organizations and beyond. She is the founder of Human Dimensions, much sought-after speaker and author of Deep Democracy, Wow! What a Difference, Jam Cultures and co-author of The Corporate Tribe (2016 Management Book of the Year) and Building Tribes.

About us

HumanDimensions looks at companies and organizations through the eyes of an anthropologist. We look at how people shape cultures, and how cultures shape people. We travel the world looking for ways to build strong tribes, that are diversity-friendly and ready for change. And we bring our findings to the world of organization and cooperation through our excellent keynote speeches, master classes and training courses. Deep Democracy. Inclusion. Diversity. Organizational culture. Leadership.

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