Webinar LIVE

Monday, October 11, 2021 ( 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CET)

Wild Rituals: what leaders and organizations can learn from animals

Animal rituals serve to keep the peace, build trust, inspire innovation and facilitate relationships. How that translates into human relations to improve the social dynamics within and between corporate organizations?
During this webinar, we will address the topic of office relationships from an unconventional and innovative point of view, following the cues of the ethologist Caitlin O'Connell's latest book "Wild Rituals". We will review the main rituals that, from the animal world, can also be an inspiration and an example for working life.
The elephant, the rhino, the lion, the wolf, the whale, and even the flamingo use many social rituals, and understanding their importance can help leaders and organizations to better live and manage the "urban" reality.
In particular, the talk will explore the following points:
  • greeting rituals and group rituals to strengthen the sense of belonging
  • game rituals to drive innovation and foster trust and confidence in the team
  • non-verbal rituals to anticipate messages and intentions of the other.


Monday, October 11, 2021
4:30 pm - 5 pm CET
Speech by Caitlin O’Connell
5 pm - 5:30 pm CET

Caitlin O'Connell

Ethologist at Harvard Medical School

An award-winning author and photographer, she is a world expert on elephants and works at the Eaton Peabody Lab at Harvard Medical School. She has a Ph.D. in ecology and has been studying elephant communication, ecology, and behavior for over 30 years.
She has authored 8 books and published over 35 scientific papers, and numerous articles for Scientific American and Writer's Digest.
She taught creative science writing for Stanford and The New York Times and co-developed the award-winning documentary Elephant King about her elephant research, which became the subject of her scientific memoir, "Elephant Don".
She is currently developing a new elephant docu-drama, Elephant Crown, and working on several feature movie and television scripts aimed at getting real science into popular media.  
She writes a blog for Psychology Today based on her latest book, Wild Rituals, published in January 2021.