The Kiwi & family are going walkabout, sorta, in a big old truck named Maggie that they intend to drive pretty much around the globe. Europe first. As they go, they’ll be doing what they do along the way. (Hit the foregoing link or read how Jonny Baker tells it to get the full skinny.) In order to facilitate getting video updates from the Jones clan, the Tribe wants to get people to chip in (see the widget?) to get them some video gear for the trip. More info on the Tribe site. And do toss in a few bucks if you can, just to help keep Andrew’s blog interesting while he’s on the road. Otherwise you’ll be stuck reading me and Bill. See? It’s a good cause.
This week I’ve been having a markedly increased number of email conversations concerning the new Missional Tribe. Len Hjalmarson called it FACEBOOK for missional and wondered if we would burn out with the volume of interaction, or make a lot of money and sell the thing to a large Corporation. I’m thinking burnout is more likely, but I’m always open to offers… (just kidding!) I think my favorite comment was via email from a co-instigator of The Tribe: “Have you guys considered that we may be responsible for essentially killing the conversation in the emerging/missional blogsophere this week? My blog is like a cemetery…” Well, I’ve noticed that I haven’t had much of anything to say this week that didn’t involve Missional Tribe. Sorry ’bout that, but it’s been a pretty big event. Things should get back to normal around here very soon — and we didn’t mean to crash the blogosphere, really! That should get back into its rhythm soon too, though we hope there will be a lot more conversation aggregated and collected on the new Tribe site. We’re still hoping for a lot of good missional stories, and will be highlighting some of those soon: there’s a lot good stuff popping up already, like a kind of pent-up explosion.
We’ve been having some real fun over at the Missional Tribe. After flinging the doors open a little under 48 hours ago, we have as of this moment 198 users and 82 blogs, where there have been some good posts showing up and some good conversations getting started. The groups and forums are active too, with more conversations going on than I can keep track of.
Yes, it’s true… for the past couple of hours now, you’ve been able to get more than just the seven-second preview. While the site is still officially in beta, we’ve thrown open the doors to run it in a “public beta” — which differs very little from being fully launched. There are a few site features that have yet to appear, but the major pieces are in place now. This is a different kind of network, but it’s a form that will be recognizable to anyone who has read The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations. Anyone wanting more information about the network should feel free to email me directly or leave a comment below — I will be more than happy to talk about why I am involved with this effort.
I’ve be tweaking and the other instigators have been tapping away, and the final moments are upon us. Launch day for Missional Tribe is on Epiphany, January 6th, and we have a few real goodies in store — for instance,
- Kingdom Grace’s famous emerging/missional posters have been expanded from 20 to 40, with the complete set debuting on the Tribe site.
- Around mid-day (in North America), Bill Kinnon will release the first of a three-part video conversation between Ed Stetzer and David Fitch.
- An article by David Dunbar
- In the Missional Tribe Blogs, you’ll find an article reprint from LIFE: A First Nations Ministry Report to the Friends of Wiconi International on indigenous tribes gathering in Israel, and profile of Andrew and Debbie Jones as “Everyday DiscipLeaders”.
I’ve hinted at it a little already, as have a few others. Today there are some tidbits that are rather beyond “hints” about the launching of a new network, Missional Tribe. It’s been blogged about already by Bill Kinnon, Rick Meigs, Matt Stone, and Sonja Andrews. Watch for more news to leak over the coming week until the public launch on Epiphany, January 6th.