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9th reason to join: Tribe

January 06 2010 | Culture Shifting, Jim's Blog,
by Jim

Stuart Coleman, our Hawaii Island Regional Coordinator, sent me this photo. It's a snapshot from the recent Hawaiian Islands conference. We have chapters on Kona, Maui, Oahu and Kauai. The leaders from various regions get together once a year and go over environmental campaigns, strategy, programs like Rise Above Plastics, and have a good time together.

Look at this photo. Can you picture yourself in this group?

Of course you can.

I've seen many photos like this, and every time I see one I pause because, as I've said so many times, I'm truly inspired by these people. These are the people that take abstract quotes like "think globally, act locally" and make them crystal clear. They DO think globally and they DO act locally.

But this tribe, this group of diverse people with a common interest in the protection and enjoyment of our coastlines, is open to people like you. They are bankers, entrepreneurs, scientists, students, retired, the list could go on... what they share, where they intersect, the reason they are a tribe is their love of the oceans.

The word "tribe" seems so apropos to use because a) it's what many people already use to define our common interest in coastal issues and b) Seth Godin's book "Tribes" simply makes me think of the people in photos like the one above. You may be asking yourself... do I fit into that tribe?

Do you love oceans, waves and beaches?

Of course you do.

You can dip a toe in the water by signing up for Soup on our homepage, it's a weekly e-newsletter with a bit of an edge. You'll dig it.

You can join Surfrider for $25. Go ahead, join our tribe.
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