Category Archives: Power

Tooling up for power analysis

We’ve been on a journey together over the last two months. Looking at different aspects of power has been a rewarding experience for me, consolidating learning and experience from more than ten years of exploration. I outlined my understanding of … Continue reading

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Power Analysis – taking our thinking to action

In this series of posts, I have been exploring the ways in which power can be understood to work for community organisers in their work to shift power decisively toward the community. We’ve looked at the nature of power, some … Continue reading

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Structures for Power

This series of posts started by exploring the nature of power and its different forms. Take a look at the first two posts here and here. I have then written about empowerment itself and how as organisers we are charged … Continue reading

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The Power of Ideas

Last week we looked together at personal power, what we mean by it and how it can be nurtured and developed. In this post, I want to introduce some key ideas around cultural power, the way our lives – and … Continue reading

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Reaching for Potential

In recent posts, I have been exploring the nature of power and empowerment. In my post on distinctions to be made in thinking about power here, I suggested that three levels of power made the most sense in community organising: … Continue reading

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What’s this about empowerment?

Power is a strange factor in our lives. How we experience it depends on lots of things: the identity ascribed to us in childhood as female, black, middle class, Muslim, straight, Scottish…and the identities that we choose for ourselves such … Continue reading

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Understanding Power Pt 2

Last week, I explored the nature of social power and looked at three traps that await anyone thinking about power. This time, I want to look at the way different schemes explain the way power in communities works. None of … Continue reading

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