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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

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. The Power Sharing Project is part of the Cornerstone Fund, which was set up as a collaboration of funders in London to take forward the recommendations of the Way Ahead Report. It provides a vision for future civil society in London, as well as practical frameworks and recommendations.

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Sheila McKechnie
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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Sheila McKechnie
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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Sheila McKechnie
‘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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Sheila McKechnie
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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Podcasts

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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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Sheila McKechnie
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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Sheila McKechnie
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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Power Sharing Project blogs and articles

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