A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It's our nature.
Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. Blogs like Appraisal Scoop and social networking sites like the Appraiser's Water Coolerare helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they're enabling countless new tribes to be born - groups of ten or ten thousand who care about AMC regulation, the HVCC, or creating Uniform Residential Appraisal Reporting Standards (URARS).
You've probably read here and on other forums the suggestion that appraisers need a "Union"! Isn't a union just another form of "Tribe"? And so the key question: Who is going to lead us on all of the important issues facing appraisers?
The Web can do amazing things, but it can't provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals - people just like YOU who have a passion about the appraisal industry. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at there fingertips.
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If you ignore this opportunity, you risk turning into a "sheepwalker" - someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don't do very well these days.
Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities in leading your fellow appraisers, clients, forum members, or readers....It's not easy, but it's easier than you think
Watch the Appraiser's Water Cooler Tribes Group for more stories and ideas!
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