VOODOO - FAITH IN THE UNKNOWN
Jitske Kramer never thought a day at a music festival in Utrecht would lead to a spiritual cleansing ritual in the forests of Togo. On the invitation of a voodoo priest, who was dismayed by the negative image voodoo has and who wanted to let her experience his voodoo, she traveled to Togo in early January 2019. In a nightly ritual, she washes herself naked in the sacred forest. She dances to the rhythm of the gods, discovers her destiny, rids herself of negative energies by being anointed with evaporated milk, gin and Sprite and interviews an almost 100-year old voodoo priest decorated with human skulls.
Is voodoo as dark as its image would let us believe? In this lecture, Jitske takes you on a poignant journey.
“This story is different from many of the corporate sessions so far. My experiences during the voodoo ceremonies really moved me personally. I was submerged in a world I looked at without really understanding it. In my encounters with others, I was mainly confronted with myself. And I want to allow the audience to experience that through my story. They travel along with me, seeing incisive images and video segments, while I ask them the confronting questions I also asked myself.”
Go on a journey with Jitske and dare to self-reflect. This is a lecture full of personal dilemmas and life questions that will make you think. About handling change. Scapegoats. Tough dilemmas. Believing in something and remaining in the unknown. Share her amazement, search, irritation, joy and emotion. Empathize with the questions she asks herself and translate these to your own life and practice. Obtain insights into your own beliefs, into dealing with change and not knowing. This is a lecture that will get under your skin and which will stay with you for a long time.
It is set to be published soon as a book. The keynote is already available for bookings. A different angle looking at themes like: dealing with change, faith in the unknown, ethical dilemmas, an investigative attitude and looking at existing realities through a new lens.
It is set to be published soon as a book. The keynote is already available for bookings. A different angle looking at themes like: dealing with change, faith in the unknown, ethical dilemmas, an investigative attitude and looking at existing realities through a new lens.Book a keynote or master class
Empathize with the questions Jitske asks herself and translate these to your own life and practice. Questions like:
- How easily would you surrender to the unknown?
- Do you have to believe in something for it to be true? Can one partially believe in something?
- What have you sacrificed in your life? Mainly yourself? Or others?
- Have you ever made someone else a scapegoat?
- What is your guide in the distinction between good and evil?
- Would you want to know your life’s purpose? Even if that had consequences for how you live now?
- Can you look beyond your judgment?
- Are you on the right leadership diet?
EXTEND THIS KEYNOTE TO A MASTER CLASS
If you wish, this keynote can be extended to a master class. In that case, further explanation of the power and necessity of rituals during development processes and change processes of individuals, organizations and societies would be very fitting. You will receive an explanation of the various types of rituals and practical information on how you can create rituals that fit within your organization, team and change. In voodoo, music is an important component and, often without realizing it, rhythms are essential in our own lives and offices too.
Culture brings order to our daily life. And every ritual recreates the world.
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.