What tribe? A tribe is a group of people with a common interest.
I recall when I was completing my UBC Capstone Project for my Masters in Education. In my last term, I didn't partake in any extra activities. At that time we had two young children and it was definitely a struggle to manage my daycare, do my homework and manage the rest of life. I was exhausted and felt very defeated in the end.
My neighbor (my Wilson) Karina, posted on social media anyone want to do a book club? Later that day I was chatting with her by the fence. I was curious to know more about this book club.
I thought to myself... I have to come over weekly? I have to meet new people? We have to read a chapter a week and discuss it in our weekly meetings? That does not sound like fun. I nervously responded, and said 'sure.'
Karina replies, 'great, this is the book, For The Love and I will see you Tuesday.'
I went back in the house, and told my husband I just joined a book club. His response, 'a book club?'
Anyways, I got my book. Read the first chapter and resonated with the author, Jen Hatmaker. I cried and laughed learning about 'find your beam- to say no for a better balance.'
I showed up that Tuesday. Karina knew everyone, and no one knew each other. I was so shy in the beginning and listened to the conversations.
Each week, I couldn't wait for book club! We shared stories and sometimes shed some tears. I realized we had similarities and struggles.
I recall I even put a dedication to our book club in my UBC Capstone Project- 'In my thirties, I developed new friendships that gave me tranquility. To the girls in book club, your laughter came at the perfect time when I was vulnerable and discouraged.'
A tribe is a group of people with a common interest. You don't know have to know everyone at the table to create a tribe. You don't have to agree on everything. Everyone brings something to the table.
The common goal for the School Trustees' tribe, is to model a culture to make decisions that best fit in our community.
What will I bring to that tribe? How do I fit for this board? I will bring communication, some conversations and create collaboration.