Welcome back to the Radical Brilliance Podcast. This week our guests are Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan, talking about the power of tribe.
Us homo sapiens have always done better when we collaborate. Truth is… we need each other, whether we’re willing to admit it or not.
Historically, we all used to live tribally just in order to survive. But, over time, tribal ways were largely abandoned or actively destroyed, especially with the rise of urban development, systems of governance, religion, industrialization and colonization.
Though many indigenous tribes have survived, most of global society drifted (or was forced) away from the land and the ways of living with one another and the earth. Our social support units shifted then to the extended family… which narrowed down to the nuclear family… and then to the American dream where each individual has the opportunity to strive and become successful… but alone.
We can’t wind the clock backwards. And – even if we could – there are many aspects of those ancient tribes we wouldn’t wish to emulate. But we DO have an opportunity to learn from those who came before and consider how we, in this individuated/post-industrialized society, can return to what really matters. And we have an opportunity to consciously and deliberately create a sense of tribe that works for us now.
Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan have done some brave work in forging the path for the rest of us. Please enjoy this podcast with two visionaries and trailblazers.
3:23 — Historical precedence, current need
13:07 — The role of leadership
21:09 — Intentional communities and commitment
32:24 — A few best practices and learnings
47:43 — Importance of transparency, connection and intimacy