Our mission is to innovate business and society.
Talking Drum applies the social ingenuity of African rhythm creating positive change in individuals & organisations.
What we do
We design high impact leadership and team development activities for public, private and third sector organisations:
- interactive workshops
- engaging rhythm sessions to give an accent to your special event
- energizing drumming mornings or afternoons at your office
- icebreakers and short energizers for conferences and training programs
We work directly with you and for you, to customize our programs according to your organisation’s needs and preferences.
We apply the experiential learning concept characterized by a high level of active involvement. You will experience learning on the behavioral and affective dimensions as well as the cognitive dimension.
We draw on the latest research on the impact of behavioral synchrony (rituals, musical performances, etc.) on cooperation:
- Recent empirical studies indicate that synchronous group movement, also the bases of Talking Drum workshops, enhances group cohesion, social affiliation, and cooperation 1, 2.
- Making music encourages us to keep a constant audiovisual representation of the collective intention and shared goal of vocalizing and moving together in time — thereby effectively satisfying the intrinsic human desire to share emotions, experiences and activities with others 2.
- Synchronous activity is positively correlated with connectedness and trust among group members 3, making it an effective tool for team-building and boosting social competence in your organisation.
- Conversational space. Rhythm replaces words, allowing a new form of communication to take place.
- Sound-based interaction. New perspective on team functioning and personal effectiveness.
- Ritual elements of West African music. Social interaction that encourages self reflection and team orientation. Fascinating rhythmic universe and role taking will assure a multi-layered experience.
- Djembe. Popular and powerful hand drum, originally from West Africa.
- Dunduns. Lower tone melodic bass drums.
- Lighter percussion instruments, voice, body percussion, rhythmics and elements from theater.
- Openness. Breaks down the unnecessary barriers and encourages people to listen to each other. Helps to adapt to change.
- Cooperation. Positive group dynamics is a natural outcome. We encourage cooperation rather than competition.
- Self-development. The quality of outcome will rely on each person’s input. Space and time for self-reflection and positioning yourself in a team.
- Motivation. Highly empowering. Reduces stress and evokes positive emotion.
SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE
No need to be musically talented or to have any prior experience with music. Everyone can join in and enjoy the process, no matter what her or his abilities in music are.
1. Hove J. M. & Risen J. L. (2009). It’s All in the Timing: Interpersonal Synchrony Increases Affiliation. Social Cognition, 27, 949-960.
2. Kirschner, S. & Tomasello, M. (2010). Joint music making promotes prosocial behavior in 4-year-old children. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 354-364.
3. Cohen, E., Mundry R. & Kirschner S. (2014). Religion, synchrony, and cooperation. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 4 (1), 20-30.
Workshops are led by Aakusti Oksanen and Mariann Nagatsu.
Aakusti Oksanen (FM) is the founder of Djembepaja, Talking Drum, Mande Maja Association and several African music groups. He has a wide pedagogical experience varying from music to theatre since 1993. Oksanen is a musician and documentarist specializing in West African culture. He teaches at Käpylä Music Institute, University of The Arts Helsinki, Metropolia and leads Drum Circle facilitator courses. Oksanen performs with numerous music groups, incl Mande Maja Band and Aiyekooto Afrobeat International.
Mariann Nagatsu (PsM) is a co-founder and trainer of Talking Drum. Mariann has a wide-ranging experience as an advisor for top executives development and talent management at Estonian Government Office. She has a MSc in psychology and hands-on experience in human resources management across different organisations. Her passion is to adapt the social nature of African rhythm for organisational development.
Depending on the aim of the workshop and size of the group, additional experts can be involved to maximise the benefit for the group.
- We work in Finnish, English, French and Estonian.
- We work with groups of all sizes.
- We are mobile and flexible in using space.
Choose a program available on our website or let us know about your needs. We will design the program according to your specific request.
Please contact us by form below, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +358 (0)45 655 5558 to specify your needs and agree upon a suitable price for your activity.