Tribeless Digest – May 2021

Welcome to the Tribeless Digest – a monthly round-up of stories, updates, and behind-the-scenes of work & life at Tribeless. 💛
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Hey, friends! It's been a while.

Time flies, and it's almost been two months since our last newsletter. Hugs – we've missed you! (We've also had lots of folks join us since then… Hello! 👋)

I have an important update to share in this month's Digest, which is also why it took a while for me to write.

If you've followed our journey at Tribeless from the beginning, you'll know that we've always been a consumer-facing company. We started out with dinner parties, and evolved into virtual events and programs like our Membership. We were even planning to launch our first public Empathy Box workshop (we hinted about it in March's newsletter).

In recent months, however, we've seen an uptick in B2B sales. Our days are filled with prep calls, contract agreements, program design and client trainings. Which is GREAT... But it doesn't leave us with any capacity to handle direct-to-consumer services like we used to.

After reflecting on our past four years of operation, we realized that we've been spreading ourselves too thin as a small team, trying to run a resource-heavy B2C business… when the care, quality, and heart we invest into each individual was more suited to the depth, complexity and nuance of B2B.

And so, with a heavy heart, we're saying goodbye to our dream of running any public-facing programs ... for now.

The thing about staying open and communicative as a company as you grow is that sometimes you make promises you can't keep. The way through, I hope, is to keep communicating — and to get damn good at apologizing.

So, dear friends – we’re sorry.

I can't promise that we'll handle this transition perfectly. What I can promise is that we'll remain open, honest and communicative throughout the process. (I wrote a personal blog about how we arrived at this decision – I'll link to it at the end of this email.)

Thank you, friends. Thanks for reading, sharing, and supporting us. It always means the world to have you here :)

We're trying to reimagine different ways of engaging with our community beyond live workshops. One of our ideas is an asynchronous, self-paced course on empathy skills. Would you be interested in that?

Some good news to end with...

We did an overhaul of The Empathy Box — introducing, EBV2.5! We cut the fluff, improved the User Manual, and filmed a super cute introduction video (thanks to our amazing media intern, Syuen). Check it out
We just celebrated Gwen Lyne's one-year anniversary at Tribeless! We surprised her with a cake and a virtual call. She's grown so much – from community management to now client management. We're so proud~
The community came together to bid goodbye to the #EmpathyCircles Membership today. We're so moved by the stories of impact and purpose shared – we love you! It was the best way to end our chapter together. 💛
I'll be running Empathy 101 session at Ashoka Changemaker Forum on June 5! I attended my first Ashoka conference when I was 19 years old, so this is a dream come true for me. Get your tickets here
As one of the speakers, we have five (5) free passes to the Ashoka Changemaker Forum – and we'd like to gift them to our community 💛

How to win a pass:
Be one of the first five people to reply to this newsletter with your answer to the question "Why do you want to attend the Ashoka Changemaker Forum?". That's it!

All submissions are valid until Wednesday 12PM GMT+8. You can expect a confirmation email from us within 48 hours of the deadline :D
And... that's it for May's issue of Tribeless Digest! We'll be experimenting more with our newsletters in the months to come – so don't be surprised if you find a new format or even a new author. I think it's about time we hear from other folks on the Tribeless Team, don't you? ;)

Hugs 🌼

Gwen Yi
Founder, Tribeless

P.S. Here's the unlisted link to my blog, as promised – if you do end up reading it, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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