If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always got!
As a result of my life experiences I have become acutely aware of the importance of social support, interaction and therefore belonging. We as a society have fallen into the lazy and ineffective trap of relying on government to fix community issues whilst we sit back and do nothing aside from complain that nothing has changed. Therefore…..nothing changes!
Human beings are social creatures. We have always been and remain Tribal. Throwing money at a problem, creating short term band aid fixes so as to tick a KPI box are not the answer.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid.
Needs lower down in the hierarchy must be satisfied before individuals can attend to needs higher up. From the bottom of the hierarchy upwards, the needs are: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization.
Whilst I recognise that there are people in our Australian society that are not having their physiological needs or safety and security needs met these are not the needs that Tribe Social Belonging will be focusing on.
Tribe target area is the third tier, shown in yellow, which involves social belonging. The reason for this is that I firmly believe that this level of human needs influences all other tiers. In addition this is the tier that I believe we can develop in the most effective way as a community.
“After physiological and safety needs have been fulfilled, the third level of human needs is social and involves feelings of belongingness. The need for interpersonal relationships motivates behaviour.
Examples include friendship, intimacy, trust, and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating, being part of a group (family, friends, work)”.
Through my career as a Police Officer, my efforts with community groups and my Chamber of Commerce activities I have seen the immense value that personal support and guidance by friends, family and peers can have upon people.
As a result of my upbringing in a broken abusive family situation and my later personal difficulties with depression, divorce and my sons cancer I have personally been supported by my friends, adopted family, colleagues and acquaintances……….. my tribe.
But what if you have no friends, family, adopted family, colleagues and acquaintances that are present or in a position to support you? What if you have no tribe??
This is where our organisation comes into play. It is designed to enable those community members that wish to provide friendship, guidance, social interaction and a sense of belonging the means to interact with those that require it.
As part of a Tribe.