It’s All About Power
The Power Project calls for a new way of thinking about power, and action to build solidarity in social change.
Power Project resources
These resources are designed to support people who work in organisations, but they can be adapted by anyone interested in exploring power for social change.
How to talk about power
Thinking and talking about power can feel vulnerable for some. This guide will help you do it more safely.
Talking about power guide
See power more clearly
The Power Lens reveals how power operates on individual, collective, civil society and society-wide levels. These activities will help you see how power at each level affects your work.
See more clearly your own power to contribute to deeper solidarity for social change.
Civil Society’s Power
Map how different actors in your network enable or constrain your efforts to achieve solidarity.
Create a strategy to transform power
The Power Framework shows the different dimensions of power at play in organisations. Use it to uncover the barriers and opportunities to solidarity, and to map a path to change. You can use it to inform day-to-day actions, or with buy-in, to inform an organisation-wide strategy.
Power framework activity sheet
Make the case for a conversation about power in your organisation
This summary of the key messages from the Power Project will help you start a conversation with your colleagues about why we need to think differently about power if we are to achieve deeper solidarity for social change. If you use it, we’d love to hear how you get on.
Community of Practice pinboard
The Power Project Pinboard is where you can find out what others in the community are reading, watching and listening to, to inspire new ways of thinking about power and building solidarity in social change.
Power Sharing Project blogs and articles
Last year, two people involved in the Power Project raised concerns with the SMK Board about our approach to working with those with first-hand (or ‘lived’) experience. One of them was also an SMK Trustee. The Board investigated their concerns over nine-months....
In this long-read blog, Sarah Thomas, SMK’s Head of Power and Participation, challenges the sector to acknowledge - and invest in - the true cost of taking action to shift power and build greater solidarity in social change. SMK’s Power Project was a two-year...
It’s been a long and complex journey, but the findings from the Power Project are clear. Social sector organisations must think differently about power to build solidarity for social change. Saul Alinsky, organiser and activist, suggested that for a revolution to be...