Tag Archives: Power

The Six O’Clock Community: Transient Infrastructure

It’s rare that i still find the Blue Frog setting up, but a particularly early start today meant that they were still hanging signs and fixing the tent. The coffee, when it landed, was perfect. A carefully choreographed start to … Continue reading

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Engaging Power: An Illustration of Cohesion

I wrote a series of four pieces recently, exploring gang violence, but really a perspective on the power structures, and mechanisms of coherence, that underly community (and mechanisms for diffusing, or countering, toxic culture). It is all fairly early stage, … Continue reading

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The Erosion of Sanctity

Space has often been used to separate power: everyday spaces, for the masses, and sacred spaces, for the elite. Court rooms, chambers, churches, all partition space that is protected, and sanctified to power. In the old world, the more senior … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [4]: Diffusion

How do we fight, how do we conquer? In oppositional models of power, we deploy overwhelming force, to disrupt the structure. The sledgehammer solution. But when the structures of violence are held within coherent social units, the sledgehammer reinforces them. … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [2]: Gangs

What is a gang? A social structure, certainly, with defined membership, and rituals surrounding that. A structure with hierarchy, either formally defined, or discovered through experience, either fixed, or fluid. Territorial: a gang is associated with a subset of geography, … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [1]: Conflict

To think that gangs are an aberration, or impermanent structure, is a mistake: they are stable social structures, governed by the same bonding mechanisms as the local church, or regional police force. They are structures of power, partly formalised, partly … Continue reading

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Context of the Social Age

I’m editing ‘The Change Handbook’ today, and decided to rewrite the whole chapter on ‘The Social Age’. In this post, i share the new version, with the original content after it. This is part of #WorkingOutLoud, and i’m glad i … Continue reading

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