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Greg Treverton was a brilliant conceptualizer of the competing influences on policymakers, and also a major voice in the original discussion of tribes in relation to intelligence focused on the intelligence production tribe and the political consumer tribe.

Graphic: Competing Influences on the Policymaker (Treverton)

This was a contributing foundation for Robert Steele’s conceptualization–with Alvin Toffler while driving away from a lunch at DIA of the eight tribes of information-sharing and sense-making

Graphic: 1997 Toffler-Steele Building Blocks

The two concepts are distinct because the first focuses on competition and accepts information stovepipes and hoarding as a given, while the second shows the larger benefits to all from sharing information and making sense together.

Graphic: Information Commons & Eight Tribes

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Greg Treverton at Phi Beta Iota

Graphic: Meeting 21st Century Transnational Challenges – Building a Global Intelligence Paradigm

Graphic: Open Source Agency Clients & Commanders

Graphic: The UN and the Eight Tribes of Intelligence

Reference: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) – All Humans, All Minds, All the Time [Full Text Online for Google Translate]