Seth Godin wrote a book titled “Tribes.” Those who know me well know that Seth Godin is one of my favorite people to read, listen to and watch. I find wisdom and encouragement in his work. I have this AWESOME book that compiles much of his writing. (I just have to show you how huge it is!)
Four years ago I found a new tribe through Twitter. A tribe that spans the nation geographically. The Compelled Tribe is a blogging tribe and Voxer group that provides support and encouragement for learning. The Compelled Tribe is led by Jennifer Hogan, Craig Vroom, and Jonathon Wennstrom. My journey with the Compelled Tribe has been one of encouragement, learning, and reflection. I have had a love-hate relationship with blogging but have grown to really value it's contribution to my learning through the Compelled Tribe. I love looking back at what I have learned and/or created and seeing how I have changed or grown over time. But, the struggle to express myself doesn’t come easy.
This post is in response to a prompt the Compelled Tribe put out this month asking each of us “Why We Tribe?” I believe in the power of a tribe because it connects me to other people who have ideas and knowledge that I can learn from. The tribe also encourages me to take new learning and make meaning of it through blogging and sharing with others. And being in a tribe means that I have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger. Creating change in our schools sometimes feels impossible. My connection and investment in the tribe gives me hope that together we can learn and make a difference collectively.
Have you found your tribe? I would love to know how the connection has impacted you.