Category Archives: Power

An analysis of power dynamics at work

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power and languageWith this post I want to open a reflection and a conversation, among other on issues of power and language in the working context. I will do so by analysing a real situation where I was directly involved. Hopefully this analysis will boost awareness-raising contributing to workers’ empowerment and eventually to build up efficient bottom-up protection mechanisms.

Just some days ago I received an email from the chief coordinator of a project I recently got involved in. This person wrote me to say that my performance was not what the coordinating team expected and needed and therefore my services were no longer needed. Read the rest of this entry

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The political dimension of the classroom

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Wayne County Community CollegeI spotted her at the back of the coffee place, and immediately felt that kind of empathy and sympathy that creates the ground for honest communication, and more importantly for a honest sharing of ideas and personal stories. This way our conversation started and soon it moved towards deeper subjects, namely racism, mechanisms of exclusion, school and teaching.

A conversation with potentiality to changing the world!! As all conversations guided by passion, honesty and true values, and which are followed by action. Action naturally arises when we follow our passion, when we engage in what is a true expression of our inner self.
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Unearthed

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Last Tuesday I went with some friends to watch a documentary about fracking in the United States and the effect it has in human life and natural ecosystems, namely in water. The documentary title is ‘Unearthed’ and the director is Jolynn Minnaar, a South African storyteller and activist for people’s rights.
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Poverty: The crack in the system

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Keep-working-poverty-cartoonOn this Saturday morning I was planning to sit in this nice coffee place in Mariatorget, my favourite neighbourhood in Stockholm, and concentrate on reading my book in front of a good coffee. Yet something on my way here awoke in me the need and desire to write on a subject that since many weeks has been in my mind and in my heart: poverty.

It was actually my arrival to Stockholm that more and more pushed me to write about this subject. Having arrived from Holland, where I lived with the feeling that poverty was not part of human reality, I was again confronted with its existence since the very first moment in Stockholm. Read the rest of this entry

Storytelling for peace in the MENA region

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Storytelling1Once upon a time there was, in a faraway land, an encounter of young storytellers all inspired by bringing peace into their communities. And suddenly you realise that storytelling is essential to life and that we are all storytellers and at the same time real characters of many different stories. And what is really interesting and worth to look at is the content of these stories, the identities they create, the values attached to them, and to different characters and situations. What are the stories (narratives) told about your identities? What are the stories you tell about? Have you realised the possible impact of them on yourself and other people? Read the rest of this entry