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Frames for change

Last week we started looking at story and story-telling by exploring the ubiquitous and pervasive nature of story in our family life to our national identity. This week, I want to focus down on the shape of our stories – … 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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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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Understanding Power Pt 1

When I first put the word power into Flickr, up came loads of pictures of the power grid and turbines, jet engines and pylons. When I tried other related terms in Google, I got loads of pages about the power … Continue reading

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London – Power and Powerlessness

This week I have been struck by two recent findings. First was the percentage of MPs who are millionaires – some 78% – held up against the national population percentage of millionaires – 0.7%. True or not, the focus of … Continue reading

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Cutting the Issue

I have been trying over recent weeks to outline some of the key and distinctive concepts of community organising. These introductory posts have offered me the chance to explore organising in ways that are true of all specific traditions such … Continue reading

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Targets and the Power Equation

This is the fourth in my series on some of the key concepts in community organising. This time I want to look at the action side of organising. So far in exploring the one-to-one encounter and the development of leadership … Continue reading

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Dissent in Community

There aren’t that many UK dissidents around these days. Most of them have been sucked dry or bought an easier life in mere opposition. Agitation is not a popular term on the lips of politicians, even those from the Left … Continue reading

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