The Difference Between Cartels and Clubs


The difference between a club and a cartel appears to be a matter of semantics, but it’s a lot more than that. And the difference holds the secret to making a difference as a leader and communicator in the world.

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A club is a group with a shared interest. A cartel is an agreement among competitors.

Clubs are about exclusion and competition. Cartels are about inclusion and collaboration.

Bipartisan politics is the product of club-based thinking. Wikipedia is more of a cartel. As the world of open source and disintermediation grows, we will most likely see more cartels and fewer clubs.

This is an excerpt from the blog of Story Cartel co-founder, Jeff Goins. You can read the full article at More Cartels, Fewer Clubs. If you’re an author, you can learn more about how Story Cartel can help you share your book with the world here.