Power With not Power Over
Choose to do one of the following two activities or move directly toSection B.
Participants’ co-operate to untangle themselves from a humanknot. (See Chapter II: Icebreakers.)
participants form a line according to how powerful they feel in the room, to experience something of their responses to power. (See Co-operative Power Activities, p A.5.1.)
B.Introduction to Power
Ask participants to reflect on their understanding and response to power. Stimulate their thinking with the following questions:
What does power mean to you?Who has power over you?Over whom do you have power?Around whom do you feel powerful?Around whom do you feel powerless?How do you give away your power?
Ask participants to share their responses with a partner, with the aimof settling on single words which represent power for each of them at this moment, and which they can share with the large group.
Ask participants to share their words with the group.
The concept of power conjures very different meanings for people. For some it has very negative connotations; others see it in a positive light.In thinking about power we focus our attention in a variety of ways. For example, we may think about:
our emotional response
the effect it has on us personally
the broader consequences, or
where it comes from.
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Co–operative Power 5.3