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Feb 8, 2023

Quote: “Changes happen to us; transitions are the conscious, psychological decisions that we make to come to terms with change. Rituals are ways in which we can embody transitions and bring them out into shared experiences.” Ezra Bookman

Exactly what is a ritual, and how do they affect our lives? Some of the most recognizable rituals are marriages, funerals, graduations, coronations and presidential inaugurations, oaths of allegiance, dedication ceremonies, etc. On this episode of Authentic Living with Roxanne, we welcome ritual expert Ezra Bookman to share the benefits of rituals in the workplace and how they can help to improve morale & create a more connected community.  

This was such a great interview packed with so much interesting information about workplace conflict that we decided to turn it into a 2-part series. Be sure to tune in again next week for part II.

Ezra is a nationally recognized experience designer, artist, and facilitator exploring the transformational power of ritual. He is the creator of Ritualist, a creative studio helping leaders cultivate more conscious companies and connected communities; the youngest member on the Board of Directors of The Secret City, an Obie Award-winning arts organization; and the former Artistic Director for Lab/Shul, an experimental, artist-driven, God-optional Jewish community in NYC.

Authentic Touch Points:

  • Ezra’s path to rituals. 2:00
  • What is a ritual? 5:30
  • The intersection of arts & rituals. 9:00
  • Why we need rituals. 14:00
  • Negative vs positive rituals. 18:00
  • Why companies seek out rituals. 22:00
  • The benefits of rituals in the workplace. 28:00

Ezra has collaborated with organizations like The Joy List, Reimagine Festival, The NYC Mayor’s Office, Ephemeral Tattoos, Rally, House of Yes, Reboot, and New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, and has co-produced events featuring visionary thought-leaders and artists alike. His large-scale participatory performance art rituals were presented at Hammerstein Ballroom, Grand Prospect Hall, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and the New York Academy of Medicine. 

As I offer executive coaching, I encourage leaders to reach out for guidance about presenting their authentic selves to develop an improved workplace for everyone with less conflict.

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