“I am because you are; you are because we are. Every person is a person through other people.”*
We need a tribe.
Some would argue, it is the only way we can become Human. This has been my experience – it will continue to be.
Erich Fromm held that every encounter changes us in at least some small (probably unnoticed) way. When we use encounters intentionally and creatively I can only imagine the world becoming better:
‘In one sense, the work of innovators … comes down to helping people recognise that seeing systems ultimately means seeing one another.’**
It means valuing different perspectives which are brought honestly and humbly. Systems thinker and practitioner David Kantor holds that four perspectives are important to creating better systems: Movers – who initiate action and provide direction; Opposers – who oppose to correct and refine; Followers – who support an action to completion; and, Bystanders – who observe and offer a (different) perspective.**
I enjoy the way Kantor posits the possibility of each of these perspectives being offered positively – tribes need to be more than a homogeny.