Thursday, July 5, 2007

Our Tribes

In the past our primary groups were family, the work place, religious affiliation, social circles and had a defined and rigid structure.

Today there is an ever increasing movement of people to large urban centers all over the world as more opportunity will be located in those urban centers both now and in the future. There is the increasing impact of the Internet on communication, business models, customer access and customer choice across borders and International boundaries. There is a dispersing of family groups geographically and a decline in religious affiliations.

Today we are more like tribes. I am using tribe in the sense that they are a group of people of no fixed size who have agreed upon standards of behavior, expression, goals and a variable leadership depending on task.

Now a group or tribe can come together focused around a single event or topic and contain members from all over the world. Like tribes of old we can be adopted in by agreeing to the customs and leave when we no longer agree.

The fact that lifetime employment in a single company or industry is no longer guaranteed has shifted allegiance from the work place to people that we have formed alliances with or in other words our tribe.

When we look at blogs and communities on the Internet we will find that blogs focusing on a topic tend to belong to a group or tribe that have common customs. Similarly communities such as Digg or Linkedin have the same criteria of behavior, expression and goals. 

The social changes brought about by us belonging to different tribes depending on needs and interest will change the type and quality of our social interactions today and into the future.

Is this to simplistic a perspective? Your thoughts.

8 conversations:

Comedy + said...

I don't think it is too simplistic. The whole point here for me is I hadn't thought about this before. It's true though. Most of the folks I visit/chat with on the Internet are pretty much like me. So, no this is right on the money. Now you are making me do more homework. Thanks, and I really mean that in the best way. Have a great evening. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Thanks Sandee I was looking at this and wondering what others were thinking and how to get prepared for the future

Jennifer said...

Hi Peter,

I've thought a lot about this change in our world.

In many ways the tribe mentality is diminishing... and I wonder how this plays or will play into the emerging world.

I think many people are lost... religions seems to be less meaningful, families are less supportive, communities more transient.... where will the children of the future find stability?

I'm not sure how it will play out but I think either we will have to form new "tribes" possibly through cyber communications, or we will have to adapt to a new form of life without the tribal support.

Hmmm... :-)

Nice post Peter,

jen

Peter Haslam said...

Hi Jen I thought about calling them affinity groups rather than tribes but felt the concept of tribes is more applicable at this point in time. I agree that changes in our sources of stability are on the way. At least being aware we can pay attention and adjust accordingly

Helen said...

Hi Peter:

I am new to your blog. I have found we are all unique and at the same time all the same. Interacting with people with the same intentions is energizing and makes you feel better. Helen

Peter Haslam said...

very true Helen thanks for joining the conversation

Comedy + said...

Congratulations on your newest award - The Rising Blogger Post of the Day on 7-3-07. You are so talented. Well deserved. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Thank you Sandee your compliment is appreciated