The TIMN Model


The TIMN Model describes different ways of teaching:

  • T for Tribe_the campfire
  • I for Institutions_the lecture
  • M for Markets_the debate
  • N for Networks_the conversation

Societies, within this framework, began with tribal structures (99.9% of our history as human beings was spent in tribal structures) and expanded into institutional structures (nation-state bureaucracies) and finally into markets. Previous forms weren’t abandoned, instead, they were enhanced by the addition of a new form.  David Ronfeldt, the global guerrilla guru who came up with the acronym, argues that the tri-form structure of tribes, institutions and markets are now nearly universal.




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