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Welcome to the Wireless and Mobile Health Tribe!

September 5, 2010

I’ve often wondered why the Wireless Health group on LinkedIn has grown so rapidly, to such an extent (over 3,300 members as of August 2010), and elicited such incredibly positive and supportive reactions from group members, who represent the key stakeholder groups within the wireless and mobile health ecosystem. It’s clear to me now that the underlying reason for this phenomenon is that we have formed a tribe: a Wireless and Mobile Health tribe. This has happened – as I believe the following TED Talk by Seth Godin explains quite well – because we have done the following 4 things:
1. Tell a Story – Wireless technology and the concomitant mobility it affords to people and resources can effect transformational changes in our personal health, the delivery of healthcare, and our disparate national healthcare systems.
2. Connect a Tribe – The group is comprised of professionals from all regions of the globe and has struck a chord, further motivating us to work together on something truly meaningful.
3. Lead a Movement  – We are leading not only a business movement, but assuming responsibility for improving the health and well being of everyone on our planet; and facing great obstacles in the pursuit of this objective.
4. Make a Change – We all want to accelerate the development and market adoption of wireless and mobile health solutions.

Mr. Godin goes on to ask 3 pertinent questions:
1. Who exactly are you upsetting? – “Because if you’re not upsetting anyone, you’re not changing the status quo.”
2. Who are you connecting? – “A lot of people are in it for the connections that are made one to another.”
3. Who are you leading? – “Focusing on the “who” and the “leading” part – rather than the mechanics of what we’re building – is where change comes.”

He also asks “What do tribe leaders have in common?”
1. They challenge the status quo
2. They build a culture
3. They have curiosity
4. They connect people to one another
5. They commit: to the cause, to the tribe, to the people who are there

About this talk
Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so. (I think we are, and it’s a blast being in this tribe!)

Introductory Quote:
“What do we do for a living? What exactly do the people watching this do every day? And I want to argue that what we do is we try to change everything. That we try to find a piece of the status quo, something that bothers us, something that needs to be improved, something that is itching to be changed, and we change it. We try to make big, permanent, important change. But we don’t think about it that way. And we haven’t spent a lot of time talking about what that process is like. And I’ve been studying it for a couple years. And I want to share a couple of stories with you today.”

Best regards,

Paul Sonnier
Founder, Wireless Health group on LinkedIn


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