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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
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
Power Sharing Project blogs and articles
We asked Colin Dutton, a qualified Youth Worker at MAP, a youth charity in Norfolk, what can we do to unleash young people's social power? Colin began a degree in Youth Work and Community Development ten years ago and has worked as a JNC Qualified Youth Worker in the...
Understanding and transforming power for social change is a journey, just as much as it is a destination. When times feel urgent, perhaps taking a moment to pause and reflect is the most powerful thing to do. Today, looking back on the weeks that have passed since my...
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...