Tag Archives: Power

Personal Context of Learning

Each of our individual Learning Landscapes is different: we come with different knowledge, context, ability, and motivation, amongst a host of broader pressures. I thought it was worth exploring a few of these: my motivation being that, as we consider … Continue reading

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8 Aspects of ‘The Storytelling Leader’

A key aspect of Social Leadership is to recognise that our primary role is not to craft stories of power, pushing them through a network, but rather to act, with humility, to hear stories within a network, to find the … Continue reading

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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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