Joseph Was A Dreamer - An Origin Story
You’ve heard of Joseph from the Bible right? The victorious underdog, the servant that becomes king, the liberator of his people (well at least for a time). We never hear about Joseph as the dreamer. Maybe it’s that dreamers make us uncomfortable? If you don’t know the story, it’s a Bible story of the youngest brother in a large family who has a hard time, overcomes struggle and comes out the hero. He had wild dreams as a kid, his dreaming made people jealous, garnered criticism and ridicule, leaving him sold to slavery, mistaken for dead and abandoned. In the darkness, he didn’t end his relationship with dreams, or being who he was naturally. His understanding of the dream world ultimately frees him from slavery and gives him position to liberate the family that had once abandoned him. His dreaming was ultimately the beginning of a people group, and a whole new story.
His journey, oppression - to freedom - to slavery - back to freedom… is a story we often recreate. We’re on journeys often stopped by our own fears, or by the fears imparted to us by others. Yet Joseph teaches us two things: life is a cyclical spiral-type journey (sorry to you linear folk). And that finding yourself on your own and through community has everything to do with honoring and developing you truly are.
Inspired by his path of dreams leading the way, we built “Tribes of Joseph.” Sure, Marcia can make her stream of consciousness art pieces and fashion on her own. I could continue to build brands and strategies for companies and keep my radical theological thoughts all to myself. Through our friendship and communion, we’ve come to realize that our marriage of opposites has made our ideas richer, stronger, deeper, funnier when we worked on them together. When we allowed conversations to take us to new vulnerable spaces of openness, our creations flourished. This space that we give to each other to grow and evolve, we have only shared in little subtle hints to our community through our events and products. We wanted to expand the experience of what it feels like to build tribe, and allow other creators in on our process. How does our art transform, if we allow a space where we can transform each other first, and then build and create from there?
The “Tribes” space is no longer about an end product. It’s about experiencing, commenting, shaping art together and seeing what comes to fruition. In that process hopefully cultivating deeper connections amongst all of us. So really, we’re just now beginning to be more true to our name. Building a community of dreamers and creators that are a part of ushering in the new future communities. Community of dreamers. Or Tribes of Joseph. Either works.