October 4, 2021

We've based this group on the findings of Robin Dunbar, British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist specializing in primate behavior. Dunbar believes 150 is the magical number of social connections the brain can actually handle. Now, we aren't talking about the number of people who follow you on Instagram or connections on LinkedIN, instead this 150 number is based on the number of people you could keep-up with socially and have a meaningful connection with.

Dunbar's work is also echoed by British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist Iain McGilchrist talks about the two hemispheres of the brain, which have distinct functions. In one view, the left hemisphere is considered rational, logical and language-focused while the right hemisphere is seen as intuitive, spatial and vision oriented.

McGilchrist argues that being so different from each other, they also have different needs. He suggests that - because of our evolutionary history - we have developed a stronger dependence on connections with others in the right hemisphere than in the left. While this cluster of connections has to be limited to a certain number for efficient functioning (about 150), it can still contain many more people than an individual can have meaningful relationships with.

In the book, he also suggests that there is a cap on this number of connections at around 150 and that it is not only limited to humans but has been observed in other social species as well. This number can be reached when you add all significant contacts from your life together - but each one of them needs to truly count. Think of it this way, in the event of World collapse, who would be The 150 people you'd take with you?

There are controversies regarding this topic. However, it is very likely that the number of 150 is based on real and reasonable data: how our brain works and its limitations. When you take into account all the possible circumstances and life circumstances, we can not see a reason to doubt this theory - unless we try it ourselves! We may even discover additional rules for connections by testing it out. Two-way relationships imply an asymmetry which can be measured as a series of positive or negative transactions within the relationship, not just passively "following" a contact on social media.

We've applied this number to the core of what it means to be in The 150. Our cap on 150 members encourages each member to get to know each other, at a deeper level than a group that is growing for growths sake. It creates a higher quality discussion within the community and a higher degree of support within the community.

We've spent time identifying common goals and pooling individual skillsets towards achieving those goals. We do not require anything from any potential member other their trust, honesty and a willingness to grow; we expect everyone to contribute as much as they can to help each other grow as individuals while helping us build this community to be both highly functional and highly supportive, as well as enjoyable for all members. We will do whatever it takes to help our members reach their goals - after all, this group is built around our members, not us.

Building a core team of individuals who are selfless enough to care about the greater good - rather than just their own personal gain. Our focus is on each other at all times.

About the Author George Morris

Let's cut right to the chase. I've been an entrepreneur for 20+ years and along the way I've found a deep passion for helping other entrepreneurs connect, grow their businesses and most importantly, grow as individuals. I'm a Scaling Up Business Coach and Lead Facilitator for The 150.