Boundless Roots
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Boundless Roots

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How do we work with power, colonialism and collective trauma in sustainable change-making?

Power inquiry

The case for change

Image credit: Forum for the Future

Visions for the future

The Transition Space & Pockets of the Future

  • People who feel free to call each other,
  • an increased sense of mutual understanding and trust,
  • and creating a learning system to check-in on what’s working from all parties involved.

Healthy power: fluid and named?

  • Fluidity: power flowing rather than being stuck. Power is not bad, it’s essential to things happening. It just needs to be able to move around the system to respond to its environment, rather than being stuck in one place. Often this means having specific practices — for example, limiting the time for which people can hold roles, rotating responsibilities for different aspects of community or organisation functioning, using ‘nomination’ systems rather than volunteering etc.
  • Visible, named and understood: being conscious of how power and trauma show up in everything we do, rather than remaining under the surface and controlling what’s happening in the shadows.

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