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What brings you to NatCAN?
I am currently studying community organising at Queen Mary University of London. I hope to be able to work as an organiser in my home borough of Southwark and link with others who have at heart the need to renew our democracy from the bottom up.

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Structures for Power

This series of posts started by exploring the nature of power and its different forms. Take a look at the first two posts here and here. I have then written about empowerment itself and how as organisers we are charged with transforming dis-empowerment into self-confident citizens who empower each other to change the world. In the last two posts – here and here – I have looked at two levels of power, the personal and the cultural. In this post I am looking at the structural level. The scope…

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 17:34

The Power of Ideas

Last week we looked together at personal power, what we mean by it and how it can be nurtured and developed. In this post, I want to introduce some key ideas around cultural power, the way our lives – and indeed our very identities – are shaped and structured by unseen forces of ideology and persuasion.

Media, profit and spin

TV plays a critical role in our communities, providing a key way for messages about our…

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Posted on October 13, 2013 at 18:43

What’s this about empowerment?

Power is a strange factor in our lives. How we experience it depends on lots of things: the identity ascribed to us in childhood as female, black, middle class, Muslim, straight, Scottish…and the identities that we choose for ourselves such as feminist, internationalist, anti-racist, hedonist, Buddhist; the way of thinking about how the world works that we have learnt from how we have been…

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Posted on September 27, 2013 at 8:54 — 1 Comment

Understanding Power Pt 1

When I first put the word power into Flickr, up came loads of pictures of the power grid and turbines, jet engines and pylons. When I tried other related terms in Google, I got loads of pages about the power of words, music or landscapes. These are not the uses of power I want to explore over the next few weeks. My subject is a critical quality of human interactions which embraces everything from a mother’s caress of her new-born to the decisions of the UN…

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Posted on September 12, 2013 at 16:48

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