Visible and invisible power structures in communities

  1. Cultural, biological and social factors like ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexuality, or disability are obviously huge — consciously or unconsciously.
  2. A person’s history in the collective. A co-founder has for ex very different power than a new member.
  3. Money is always important in our society, and whether a member has a lot of money or no money will play a role in how that member is perceived by the community.
  4. Time is an interesting factor. Some members can spend lots of time in a community, while others can’t spend much time at all. Some people can spend time during weekdays, while others can do nights or weekends.
  5. Energy. Some people seem to have limitless energy and passion, and others not. There are many reasons for this, among them personality (extroversion vs introversion) and mental/physical health.
  6. Charisma is a sign of power in our society, and of course also in a community.
  7. Network. Some people have vast networks locally and/or globally and can pull in people and resources from these to the advantage of the community. The ability (or not) to influence ones networks are of course relevant here.
  8. Skills and specialties. Everyone has unique skills and specialties which are important to surface, map and make use of in any community.
  9. Linked to skills and specialties are intelligences. In our society, high IQ is seen as a great asset in life, but there are also other forms of intelligences, as Howard Gardner’s concept of multiple intelligences shows.



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enkel collective

enkel collective

Collective in Perth, Western Australia with the mission to create a new generation of changemakers.