Neo-Tribalism_03 ↓ PE

I didn’t post much, so here I’m directly skipping onto the PE. If you’re interested by my research on the Slow Movement and the interviews I have conducted, here is it ↓

I still have some interviews left though, particularly with Carl Honoré whom is the writer of the book In Praise of Slow I first used as a reference for my research. I will use those as insight for the Physical Computing part we are moving to.

Neo-Tribalism_02 ↓ Not?

With a quick search-engine search – to not say Google, it is easy to find informations and even more easy to get lost in that myriad of informations. I clearly had anxiety when I flipped through the Wikipedia page of the Slow Movement. I’m slightly exaggerating, but hold on…

How many sub-movements they are, are they organizations or templates used in enterprises, or stand-alone associations with no link between each other? It directly clashed with my assumptions brought with the literal meaning I was under of, meaning it might not be under the spectrum of the neo-tribe’s definition.

Now I’m looking back into my first post which was indeed very spontaneous and pretty close to a rant, since it is merely a mood I have felt at numerous occasions. I was quickly under the assumption that I have found a tribe, while I have only found a subject to study – which isn’t too bad, as this clearly strikes my interest. In reality, I have yet to find anything close to qualify it as a tribe, or should I say to be accurate – a neo-tribe in this particular context.

What I find interesting in the concept of neo-tribalism, is that Michel Maffessoli wrote it in a post-modernism stance. However, I can’t possibly apply the concept of neo-tribalism onto the Slow Movement without understanding its accurate value. I still think the Slow Movement itself is very interesting, and I do want to pursue my research on that despite the risky ambiguity I have here.

Let’s start by the basics, then. I discovered the works of Carl Honoré — journalist and writer of the bestseller In Praise of Slow. It was the first real highlight I got about the Slow Movement. I highly recommend you to watch his TED talk he gave back in 2007. The main point I noted are similar to my first post — reaction to the high-speed society. I also appreciate how right this quote sounds → “It isn’t about doing things at a snail’s pace, but doing things at their right speed.

Neo-Tribalism_01 ↓ I’m Done

I have sketchbooks filled with ideas I want to get done. When I’m in the need of a theme as it is the case with the Collaborative Unit we just started, I usually flip back through these. From my last year’s notes, the mention of SLOW LIFE popped out.

I might have simply meant it as a word-play against FAST LIFE. A type of lifestyle reckoning it’s cool to be checking endless to-do lists, getting jet-lag through Milan to New York, answering e-mails from 6 AM while sipping a green detox tea since it is also trendy to stay healthy, swiping back and forth on your smartphone always ready to blink out its LED at any upcoming notifications, and to be checking your endless to-do lists again.

While it will firstly fill you up with a sense of accomplishment with the belief that productivity is the main life-goal to achieve, it may lastly lead you to the syndrome of burn-out. With it not-so-friendly friend bore-out and close cousin brown-out, theses go into pathologies related to job stress. While bore-out simply means being bored at work due to no-tasks-at-all to do, burn-out is related to pure exhaustion and brown-out to pure disengagement. That is, in (very) short. [I know most of my little readers don’t know French but here is the article I used as a reference.]

I will exclusively focus on burn-out here, since it is the most closely linked to the concept of FAST LIFE and doesn’t necessary mean that there is anything wrong with your decisions, but rather with the pressure imposed by social standards on your lifestyle. In the case of bore-out and brown-out, they may solve themselves out after a change of habits, path, or career.

We got FAST LIFE, here we go with SLOW LIFE – pure counter-reaction. While reading articles about SLOW LIFE, I have the feeling it’s all about disconnection  close your laptop, turn off your notifications, and be ready to bike, garden, and sip that green detox tea but with an actual book. However, this is only a temporary solution.

Wouldn’t it be possible to maintain a SLOW LIFE lifestyle within a FAST LIFE society? Or would it be creating a paradoxe between two lifestyles that don’t get to transvase with each other, due to the imposed mass-society bigger than our own individuality? Is it actually possible to live a connected SLOW LIFE?

That’s my tribe.