In the digital world, we’re seeing more and more people come together online and bond around things they have in common. These digital tribes share interests over a particular subject or service. They are defined by who they hang out with on the web or through their mobile devices. They’re even tethered by the networks in which they communicate. It’s a brave new world of virtual communities bringing people together in ways that were previously unheard of.
Anthropologists generally agree that a tribe is a society consisting of families or communities linked through social, economic, religious, or blood ties. They have a common culture and customs. Tribal identity in the internet age transcends ethnicity, traditional cultural expectations and geography. We now find ourselves gathered around digital spaces like Facebook, where we tell our stories and share our ideas with those we’d never have encountered without the internet. We celebrate and we collaborate with our networks; our digital tribes.
Imagine over 100 tech experts coming together, a good-sized digital tribe, under one roof. They network, code, learn and contribute to humanitarian projects. Collaborative proposals are created and presented. New theories are discussed. They innovate and create big ideas, developing solutions for organizations that work for social good. The place is alive with the static energy that comes along with a big group discovering and connecting with it’s members while doing work that makes the world a better place.
Now imagine that those members of this tech-oriented digital tribe are women. (more…)