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We are living in a time of mounting political segregation that threatens to tear us apart as a unified society. The result is that we are becoming increasingly tribal, and the narratives of life that we get exposed to on a daily basis have become echo chambers in which we hear our beliefs reinforced and others' beliefs demonized. Global diversity and inclusion expert Howard J. Ross, with coauthor JonRobert Tartaglione, explores how our human need to belong is the driving force for why we are living in a world so extremely divided.

At the core of tribalism exists a paradox: as humans, we are hardwired with the need to belong, which ends up making us deeply connected with some yet deeply divided from others. When these tribes are formed out of fear of the "other", on topics such as race, immigration status, religion, or partisan politics, we resort to an "us versus them" attitude. Especially in the digital age, when we are all interconnected in one way or another, these tensions seep into our daily lives and we become secluded with our self-identified tribes. This has consequences even in our most personal relationships in our families and communities - just think about Thanksgiving dinner conversations across the United States after the 2016 election.

Drawing on his decades of leadership experience, Ross probes the depth of tribalism, the role of social media in exacerbating it, and how to combat it. Ross and Tartaglione highlight how to maximize our impact in the workplace, noting that it is one of the few places where we are forced to work with people different from ourselves. The goal of the book is to help people understand these dynamics and to develop ways to bridge the divide so that we can move toward an ever more harmonious future.

©2018 Howard J. Ross with JonRobert Tartaglione (P)2018 Howard J. Ross with JonRobert Tartaglione

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excellent followup to everyday bias

best book i have read/listened to on the topic of bias and belonging. comkiments Howard's previous book on everyday bias without repeating. my only disaapointment was the starfish stoty at the end - surely he could have found a less cliche way to finish such a great book.

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  • Ricahrd E. Lintal
  • 07-06-18

A comprehensive investigation of belonging

Well thought out insights anchored by relevant research. A good read for the novice and expert alike.

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  • Donna Payne
  • 03-09-20

Excellent coverage!

Great book for understanding what’s happening in our society. I really enjoyed the clear examples and what resolutions were given to help.

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  • Azura S
  • 04-11-18

Rocky Start But Worth Sticking With

I still feel like there was a missed opportunity to examine the pernicious impact of social media on this "search for belonging" but after a poor start (too much right vs left guff for me), this did an admirable job of looking into how we might "belong" to more than just the group we seek to belong to and how we might actually connect across tribal lines. The narration was well done too, a little dry but it's a fairly academic treatise, so fair enough. Yes, this is one I'd recommend. Give it a go if you'd like to know "why can't we all get along?" And how we might if we just tried a little harder.