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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 of…See More
Oct 21, 2013
Mark Parker posted a blog post

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 spinTV plays a critical role in our communities, providing a key way for messages about our cultural norms and standards to be set and disseminated. If you analyse your local…See More
Oct 13, 2013
joe taylor commented on Mark Parker's blog post What’s this about empowerment?
"Thanks Mark Glad that you mentioned Freire. Have a look at the notes about him under the cartoon on the main page. Paulo Freire - Brief History and Selected Quotes"
Sep 27, 2013
Mark Parker posted a blog post

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 educated and the…See More
Sep 27, 2013
Mark Parker posted a blog post

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 Security Council, from the life of a…See More
Sep 12, 2013
joe taylor commented on Mark Parker's blog post Become a Changemaker
"I agree with everything you say in this article Mark"
Sep 8, 2013
Mark Parker posted a blog post

Become a Changemaker

Invitations come in several varieties. Some are simple to ignore. They are expressed in a flat monotone to everyone in general. They are often widely distributed, often arrive by email or on paper and are called publicity. Another type is the one that comes in person from your friend or neighbour and sounds quite intriguing. It’s often presented as a solution to a problem but still feels optional. A third type is the one – and there are few of these in life – where you have to act. The passion…See More
Sep 7, 2013
Mark Parker posted a blog post

Making change safe and sure

Much of what stands for reluctance or resistance to change in each one of us is the result of fear. It’s difficult to acknowledge that we need to be certain and to be safe in taking new steps before we can really commit ourselves to change. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been looking at different ways in which organisers can make the journey to change easier and more attractive for community members. We’ve looked at creating a network of buzz around the change, offering real hope for success,…See More
Sep 1, 2013
Mark Parker posted a blog post

Stickiness and Reinvention

Some changes in community are just sticky. I don’t mean they are physically gooey and tacky leaving a residue on the hands that takes days to remove. Rather some changes find that sweet spot where they are genuinely at people’s service, recognising their frustrations and deliver solutions to their real problems. When community solutions are sticky*, they motivate people to adopt them and sustain them in the long term. And community organisers can help leaders to design change in ways that have…See More
Aug 26, 2013
Daniel Buckley commented on Mark Parker's blog post Creating a Buzz
"ask Barack Obama about change.He guarantees change you can believe in. "
Aug 6, 2013
Mark Parker posted a blog post

Creating a Buzz

Over recent weeks, I’ve been delving into thinking about how change happens in communities. The role of community organiser is all about stimulating change, even revolution and understanding the factors that support and sustain change seem to me as important as tackling those factors that prevent social change. This week, I want to explore the importance of conversations and their key role in opening up groups and communities to change.…See More
Aug 5, 2013
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A space for people concerned with defending the rights of civil society to act independently, and hold to account, the state and other powerful political, business and financial interests.NCIA is closing as an organisation in Autumn 2015, but this group will continue as a place for discourse about these issues.NCIA campaigns to defend and promote the rights of civil society to act independently, and hold to account, the State and other powerful political, business and financial interests.NCIA…See More
Dec 1, 2012
Mark Parker replied to Nick Beddow's discussion How do we relate to Community Organisers
"Hi there kenyasue from one of the Southwark organisers! I'm pleased to say that we five have indeed now finished our year's training as organisers and have progressed to become independent community organisers. We are all residents of the…"
Nov 20, 2012
Mark Parker replied to Nick Beddow's discussion How do we relate to Community Organisers
"For those of you who might be interested in seeing how the community organisers are learning their 'trade', I have posted a piece that outlines the pathway I've followed over the last year. I hope you find it…"
Oct 31, 2012
Mark Parker replied to kenyasue Smart's discussion ESF Funding & G4S
"Hi KenyaSue Smart and thanks for raising this apparent policy conflict. I think G4S is a known quantity to government departments and as such are a trusted supplier in numerous fields. Their spectacular own goal in relation to the Olympics does…"
Oct 30, 2012
Mark Parker replied to Nick Beddow's discussion How do we relate to Community Organisers
"Hi Joe - thanks for asking about our progress as qualified community organisers. As a member of the first cohort of organisers recruited by Locality in summer 2011, I have now graduated from my year's training and at least in Southwark where I…"
Oct 26, 2012

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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.

Mark Parker's Blog

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 16:48

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