Power Sharing Project Pinboard

The Power Sharing Pinboard is becoming a rich and diverse resource hub

The Power Sharing Project Pinboard will keep growing as people make recommendations. It will help shine a light on power sharing in pursuit of change, especially in the context of poverty and inequality. We will also share new material from the project here, like our free discussion guide.

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Power Sharing Project resources

Power Sharing Discussion Guide

This guide will help you hold a conversation with your colleagues about what POWER SHARING means to you and your social change work. It poses questions such as: What power do you have? What power do you share in pursuit of social change? What power would you like others to share with you?

It has been designed based on workshops we have run with civil society groups in the first phase of the project. There has been more appetite for these workshops than there is time for our team to deliver them, so we hope this will help you host the conversation yourself.

There are three documents for you to download in this resource pack

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Power Sharing Discussion Guide

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Accompanying slides

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Template to take notes

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Reports

Sheila McKechnie
The Way Ahead: Civil Society at the Heart of London

(April 2016) This is the final report of the Review of the Future of Civil Society Support in London, commissioned by London Funders. 

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Understanding Poverty in all its Forms: a participatory research study into poverty in the UK

(October 2019) This project from ATD Fourth World in collaboration with the University of Oxford brought together professionals, academics and people with first-hand experience of poverty from 2016-2019 to change the ways in which poverty is understood and talked about by decision makers and governments.

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The Value of Lived Experience in Social Change

(July 2017) This report Baljeet Sandhu is an exploration of whether, and how, social purpose organisations in the UK value lived experience in social change work.

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‘Lived Experience Leadership’

(July 2019) Also by Baljeet is a call to action to ‘reboot the leadership DNA of the social sector.’

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Power and Making Change Happen

(November 2010) by Raji Hunjan and Soumountha Keophilavong is part of the Democracy and Civil Society Programme from the Carnegie UK Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to explore the links between analysing power and achieving social change.

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Amplifying Voices for Change

(2020) A research project by Sharon Brown on Lived Experience Speakers Bureaus as well as a toolkit for anyone doing similar work or looking to start. It covers multiple countries, a variety of issues and provides advice, guidance and lessons learned from different perspectives and areas of the work. 

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Podcasts

just-cause

Author of No Win Race Derek A Bardowell speaks to the people who are tackling some of the most challenging social issues of our times. 

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bondcast

Bondcast brings together the latest insights and perspectives to broaden the conversation on global development and humanitarianism.

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leadership-quest

The Leadership Quest shares and unveils some of the thinking from the very best leaders out there.

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collaborative

This series includes nine fascinating people with diverse perspectives who discuss their views on a Collaborative Society, with Lord Victor Adebowale.

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just-cause

One episode about Power, Empowerment and Social Change, with Rosemary McGee & Jethro Pettit.

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bondcast

Brighter Futures is a group of active young migrants, who have been recording some podcasts on issues that affect them.

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leadership-quest

WADUP makes audio stories online with young people across the world. 

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collaborative

The Resist+Renew podcast, where facilitators interview social movement organisers about their work and how they do it.

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Books

Sheila McKechnie
Radical Help by Hilary Cottam, 2018

‘Our welfare state might still catch us when we fall, but it cannot help us take flight.’ We love this book. It explores how the welfare state is not fit for purpose and proposes new ways of organising and supporting communities.

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No Shortcuts: Organising for Power in the New Gilded Age, Jane McAlevey, 2016

No Shortcuts is about the decline of the union movement, the power of grassroots mass organising, and how anyone interested in social change can rebuild powerful movements at work, in communities and at the ballot box.

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New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, 2018

Heimans and Timms argue that ‘New power’ is behind the rise of platforms like Facebook and Uber, the out-of-nowhere victories of Trump and Obama, the unexpected emergence of movements like #MeToo, and what social movements can do to harness it.

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Sheila McKechnie
Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky, 1971.

The bible for change-makers. Written in the 1970’s as an organiser’s manual. Still a great read today.

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Taking Power Back by Simon Parker, 2015

‘Taking’ power, rather than waiting for it to be given, has been a key theme for the Power Sharing Project. Here, Parker considers this question through the lens of political and democratic power, arguing that the lack of faith in the UK political system lies in the centralisation of power in Westminster. 

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Sheila McKechnie
Change the World Without Taking Power by John Holloway, 2002

A different perspective heard on the Power Sharing Project is that some people are simply not comfortable with the notion of ‘taking power’. Holloway, a Marxist sociologist, argues that we’ve seen the transfer of ‘power over’ one group to another in revolutions throughout history, often with disastrous effect. 

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Power Sharing Project blogs and articles

Next steps for the Power Sharing Project

Next steps for the Power Sharing Project

It’s been a privilege to be involved in so many diverse conversations over the past few weeks – all focused on the question ‘what would it look like if civil society in London was better at sharing power in pursuit of social change, and how would we get there?’  In...

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