10 Data-Based Relational Principles of Power

A Series: Building A Relational Frame for Creating Democratic Practices in a Capitalist Culture

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Old paradigms give way to new ones when some combination of actual events and new ways of understanding those events appear on the scene. Then the ice begins to crack.

More and more people question the status quo and come to embrace new ways of thinking and new directions for policy.

Right now, cracks in the ice are appearing for three reasons: 1) the disruptive effects of trade and technology on individual lives and communities, 2) virtually unprecedented levels of inequality and the possibility that ever-rising inequality is baked into a market economy, and 3) the failure of supply-side economics to deliver on its promises along with some deeper questioning of its goals.

We need to start building from a healthier place. Our conventional paradigms have failed us, and no conventional paradigm in any sphere begins with how actual humans relate with one another in order to build out and implement processes and systems from that perspective.

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Human Power Relations

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A Relational Path Forward

Ultimately, each way of “doing” power has serious implications for how we “do” our lives: how we orient in our practices to each other, how we orient in our practices to worlds beyond our family cultures, and how we orient toward human health.

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