Issue 148


Find Issue #148, (Fall 2010) – “Power and Empowerment” of Communities Magazine here!

Call in the Experts?

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Author: Beatrice Briggs Published in Communities Magazine Issue #148 Q. Our group is very divided. We need to make major decisions regarding finances, organizational structures, and policies, at a time when interpersonal tensions have reached a boiling point. Certain individuals and factions seem to be locked in power struggles, and at this point we are… Read More


The Community that Dines Together, Aligns Together

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Author: Valerie Renwick-Porter Published in Communities Magazine Issue #148 Ah yes, the community meal table. Communal dining can be a glorious bonding experience, as members recreate the feeling of an earlier era when the tribe gathered at the end of the day to share their bounty. On the other hand, it can also bring out… Read More


Power and Powerlessness in Community

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A community member transcends a feeling of powerlessness when he inadvertently comes up with a brilliant idea about how to organize cooking groups, and others join him in implementing it.


Balancing Powers

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In a healthy community, leadership and followship are equally important roles, each with vital skill sets that can assure effective teamwork.


Power and Disempowerment on the Ecobus

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Some saw this radical environmental education program as a “cult,” others as an intensely focused experience of challenge and growth. Had participants lost their individuality, or gained a new sense of self?


More Perspectives on Leadership and Followship

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The author identifies additional leadership skills, cautions against blind followship, and reflects on the many types of power in cooperative groups.


Being “Overthrown”—A Celebration

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The founder of Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage describes what it’s like to be criticized, marginalized, stripped of leadership responsibilities, and given the opportunity to explore a new role.