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Let's talk about power

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Let's talk about power
By Design With • Issue #8 • View online
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Power is defined as the capability of doing or accomplishing something (noun). Like many definitions, this doesn’t exactly cover all the nuances of ‘power’ – how it shows up in relationships, what it means to share it, and why we need to talk about it when we facilitate collaboration. In my own work, I’ve seen power imbalances show up between designers and community organizers, architects and residents, and researchers and participants.
Most of us, whether we call ourselves designers or not, could benefit from better understanding our own privileges and lived experiences, and how these elements translate into different power dynamics depending on the setting.
Here are a few things helping me on this journey…
Text: "Systems of oppression, inequality, and inequity are by design. Therefore, they can be redesigned." Antionette Carroll
Text: "Systems of oppression, inequality, and inequity are by design. Therefore, they can be redesigned." Antionette Carroll
Thanks
A thank you to my friend, Sarah, for sharing the Power Literacy Field Guide kickstarter! If you want to share any resources, topics or questions, feel free to reply.
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