Seth Godin says “we are in a key moment in time on how ideas are created, spread and implemented.” He contends, “Tribes are what matter.”
What is a tribe? A tribe a group of between 20 and 150 people in which you either know everyone or you know of everyone in that group. In a talk for TED 2009, Seth Godin explains that leaders of tribes regularly do the following things:
I hope you get you curious enough on tribes to view Seth Godin’s full Ted talk.
I am part of many tribes; I’m part of a work tribe; I work at the ONE80CENTER; I’m part of religious tribe—I’m Jewish, which I view more as a cultural identity than a religious one; I’m part of a tribe of social entrepreneurs, which helps focus my business interests on improving the way we prevent and treat addictive disorders; and I’m part of a tribe of recovering individuals who participate in one or more Twelve Step communities.
I belong to a Twelve Step tribe originally led by Bill W and Dr. Bob, which has more than 200 different fellowships worldwide and membership in the millions. I believe Seth Godin would define Bill W and Dr. Bob as tribe leaders who:
I would recommend Seth Godin study the traditions of our Twelve Step fellowship, which provides an outline to building a successful tribe. The Twelve Traditions provide the architectural blueprints of building and maintaining successful tribes.
Here are some key components in our Traditions that I believe can be applied to building successful tribes:
Thank you Bill W and Dr. Bob for creating architecture for one of my favorite tribes!