The 5 Stages Logan identifies:
Stage 1: Life Sucks! -- When people form tribes around their common disdain for life.
Stage 2: My Life Sucks! -- When people form tribes around their common hatred of their own lives or situations.
Stage 3: I'm great; you're not. -- The most abundant tribal form, common in executive offices, bowling teams and Neighborhood parties...anytime people gather around some common quality or experience but focus their energy on comparison & competition with other tribe members.
Stage 4: We're great! -- When people transcend individualism and see themselves as a part of a positive thriving cooperative community.
Stage 5: Life is great! -- When Stage 4 tribes move past the awesomeness of their own community to focus on creating beauty in the world. These tribes, says Logan, represent only about 2% of all tribes on earth and are the ones that create the most positive change in the world.
I was immediately struck by some personal observations while watching Logan's presentation:
- I have never been a part of a Stage 1 or Stage 2 tribe. Have you?
- We're all looking for a Stage 4 tribe. Very few of us ever find it.
- Although we're all looking for a Stage 4 tribe, what the world really needs are a lot more Stage 5 tribes.
- Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, temples are all supposed to be hubs for Stage 4/Stage 5 tribes. Most, however, are probably Stage 3 or even Stage 2. Which begs the questions: "How can we move an entire tribe (or network of tribes) from Stage 3 to Stage 4? And then from Stage 4 to Stage 5?" To me, this is the essence of the goal we have in mind when we talk about "culture change"--whether that's in a family, a community, a church, or a nation.
- I am currently a part of at least two Stage 5 tribes. And for that, I am extraordinarily thankful.