During the early Autumn of 2013, I wrote a series of eight posts about power, empowerment and power analysis for community organisers. I have brought them together here so that readers can see them as the intended series and read them in order. Below I have also collated the resources I mentioned in the posts. If you are aware of missing or new quality resources on power and empowerment, I’d love to hear from you.

1. Understanding Power – Part 1

2. Understanding Power – Part 2

3. What’s this about empowerment?

4. Reaching for Potential

5. The Power of Ideas

6. Structures for Power

7. Power Analysis – taking our thinking to action

8. Tooling up for power analysis

Resources on Power and Empowerment

Lisa VeneKlasen with Valerie Miller (2008) A New Weave of Power, People and Politics: The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation Practical Action Publishing http://www.justassociates.org/ActionGuide.htm

Jennifer Chapman and Antonella Mancini (2005) Critical Webs of Power and Change:Resource Pack for Planning, Reflection and Learning in People-Centred Advocacy ActionAid This spiral bound volume comes with a CD resource pack considering how to develop an approach to collective action that is both people-centred and that takes power seriously. It is packed with great reflections on experience and practical ideas.

The Power Cube http://www.powercube.net/from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. This website brings together thinking and research into power over three decades at IDS into a simple but powerful summary. The resources to make use of the concepts and approach in participative ways are diverse, rich and practical.

Neil Thompson (2007) Power and empowerment Russell House Publishing – a short but valuable introduction to the theme aimed at UK social workers and others in community-focused work.

Just Associates (2006) Making Change Happen: Power, Concepts for Revisioning Power for Justice, Equality and Peace, Making Change Happen No.3, Washington: Just Associates Available as a pdf here

Raji Hunjan and Jethro Pettit (2010) Power: A Practical Guide for Facilitating Social Change Carnegie / JRF Available as a pdf here

Ruth Mayne and Jim Coe (2009) Power and Social Change NCVO Available to download from NCVO and several other sites

Mark Haugaard (ed) (2002) Power – a Reader Manchester University Press

Duncan Green (2008) From Poverty to Power – How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World Oxfam

Rowlands, J. (1998) “A Word of the Times but What does it Mean? Empowerment in the Discourse and Practice of Development.” in Afshar, H. Women and Empowerment: Illustrations from the Third World Palgrave MacMillan

Geoff Mulgan (2006) Good and Bad Power: The Ideals and Betrayals of Government Penguin

Rosalind Eyben (2004) Linking Power and Poverty Reduction World Bank Available online as a pdfhttp://preval.org/files/LINKING%20POWER%20AND%20POVERTY%20REDUCTIon6.pdf

BOOK REVIEW – Power and Love: A Theory and practice of social change, by Adam Kahane

Adam Kahane (2010) Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change Berrett Keohler

Jacqueline B. Mondros and Scott M. Wilson (1994) Organizing for Power and Empowerment Columbia – an evaluation of many different models of US organizing and how their impact can be improved

Carien Fritze (n.d.) The Theory of Paulo Freire Interesting introduction to Freire’s thought by a London community worker/organizer

Alison Gilchrist et al (2010) Identities and Social Action: Connecting Communities for a Change CDF Available as a pdf here

Inspire East (2008) Community Empowerment Discussion Toolkit new economics foundation Available as a pdf here

Margaret Ledwith (2011) Community Development: A critical approach (Second Edition) Policy Press

Adam Curtis (2002) The Century of the Self BBC Award-winning documentary series ‘about how those in power used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy.’ Available to stream and download at http://achieve.org/details/AdamCurtis-TheCenturyOfTheSelf – highly recommended

David Cromwell (2012) Why are we the Good Guys?Reclaiming Your Mind from the Delusions of Propaganda Zero Books

Roger Hopkins (2013) Empowering Education – Educating for Community Development: A Critical Study of Methods, Theories and Values John Hunt Publishing

Antonio Gramsci (2000) A Gramsci Reader Lawrence and Wishart Ltd

Gary Gutting (2005) Foucault: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press

Daniel Dorling (2010) Injustice: Why social injustice persists Policy Press

Frantz Fanon (1961) The Wretched of the Earth Penguin

Rosalind Eyben (2004) Linking Power and Poverty Reduction World Bank Available online as a pdf http://preval.org/files/LINKING%20POWER%20AND%20POVERTY%20REDUCTIon6.pdf

Institute of Development Studies (2012) The Power of Analysis? Using power analysis to achieve social change You Tube video Talk by Jethro Pettit at YouTube

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (2004) Power tools for policy influence in natural resouirce management Great website with loads of useful ideas and tools

The Change Agency (TCA) – a website crammed with great campaign resources and some deep wisdom too – highly recommended. Find here worksheets on forcefield analysis, power mapping and problem tree analysis

Training for Change (TfC) – another brilliant resource site for trainers and activists engaged for social justice. Plenty of great resources to delve into here too.

16000697Andrew Boyd (ed) (2012) Beautiful Trouble – a Toolbox for Revolution OR Books Available to buy or download at http://beautifultrouble.org

John Gaventa (2006) ‘Finding the Spaces for Change – A Power Analysis‘ in The IDS Bulletin Vol 37 No 6 Available as a pdf

Oxfam (2009) A Quick Guide to Power Analysis Available as a pdf

Dawn Martinez Therapy for Liberation – the Paulo Freire Methodology Simmons College School of Social Work Available as a pdf

Tools for Influencing Power and Policy” in Participatory Learning and Action No 53 Dec 2005 International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Available as a pdf

2 Responses to Power

  1. Devon Park says:

    I want to set up a community website and I’d like to know what made you choose WordPress. I notice you’ve chosen to have their company name as part of your website address – is that cheaper? Did you create the site yourself? Is it easy to do?

    Devon Park

    • Mark Parker says:

      Hi Devon and thanks for posting your questions. WordPress is widely used to produce all sorts of websites across many sectors. There are loads of free widgets and bolt-ons that mean you can add your specific requirements quite easily. It’s free to use unless you want to host it yourself or you want a specific domain. As WordPress is widely used there are lots of great guides online and in books that can get you up and working out of the box so to speak in an hour or two. Have a look around and explore what WordPress can do. Experiment and see how far you can go. Enjoy the experience!

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