I’ve recently done some readings by people like Steve Godin about tribes. When using the term”tribe”, he (and others) are referring to a group of like minded people who share common views and compassion for each other. I like to think of it as a “collective identity” in which all members identify with one another.

At this point in my life, I belong to many tribes: librarians, graduate students, alums of my college, members of my group of friends. By digging deeper, I can easily find other tribal components of my identity, but let’s just start with these.

In my current profession, I feel strongly connected to other library professionals through professional events, social networks, and even daily communication.

As a graduate student, I am frequently interacting with others in the course module as well as through email.

I communicate with other alums from my college on a fairly regular basis, but with there were more communication.

I see my friends as often as possible.

It seems to be the case that the moe connected we are, the happier we will be. I find that with all these tribes, I get out as much as I put in. I have benefitted immensely in some cases.



One thought on “Tribes”

  1. I’m finding that many of my tribes are work related. I’d like to cultivate more socially related tribes. I do remember a time when they came more naturally but I think its harder to keep them together. They do require time and that seems to be something I have little of these years.

    By the way, I love your card catalog graphic. Great choice.

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