The Empowerment Manual


Is your group looking to organize in a way that fosters trust, accountability and responsibility? Starhawk’s decades of experience lends itself to providing this essential guide for any collaborate group with exercises, tools, and a smartly illustrated example with a fictional ecovillage.


The Empowerment Manual

A Guide for Collaborative Groups

by Starhawk

The Empowerment Manual is a comprehensive guide for groups seeking to organize with shared power and bottom-up leadership to foster vision, trust, accountability and responsibility. Drawing on four decades of experience, Starhawk shows how collaborative groups can generate the cooperation, efficacy and commitment critical to success.

This essential toolkit provides keys to:

  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Facilitating communication and collective decision-making
  • Dealing effectively with difficult people

Starhawk’s extensive exploration of group process is woven together with the story of RootBound, a fictional ecovillage mired in conflict, and rounded out with a series of real-life case studies. The included exercises and facilitator’s toolbox show how to establish the necessary structures, ground rules and healthy norms.

The Empowerment Manual is required reading for anyone who wants to help their group avoid disagreement and disillusionment and become a wellspring of creativity and innovation.

About the Author of The Empowerment Manual

Starhawk is the author or co-author of twelve books on spirituality, Goddess religion, and activism, including The Fifth Sacred Thing. A highly influential voice for global justice and the environment, Starhawk is deeply committed to bringing the creative power of spirituality to political activism. She also teaches Earth Activist Trainings, intensive seminars that combine permaculture design, political organizing, and earth-based spirituality.

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