Powercube: understanding power for social change

“The powercube is an innovative conceptual tool that can be used for understanding and analysing the way power works in processes of governance, in organizations, and in social relationships. It combines a multi-faceted approach to the various dimensions of power with a spatial mapping of the diverse spaces and levels in which these power relations are encountered. Use of the powercube can help those working to deepen participation and to shift power relations to identify appropriate strategies for particular contexts and moments.” “The powercube – and its dimensions of power, spaces and levels – has … been used effectively in combination with other concepts, tools and methods for power analysis.”  “Powercube.net is a response to requests from many people for more practical and conceptual methods, materials and resources to help them think about and respond to power relations within their organisations and within wider social and political spaces and institutions.” The website is “…coordinated from within the Participation, Power and Social Change team, at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK”.

Reference: Institute of Development Studies (2011). Powercube: A New Resource for Understanding Power for Social Change. Website at: http://www.powercube.net/. Brighton, UK.

Website: https://www.ids.ac.uk/go/idsproject/powercube-understanding-power-for-social-change

Posted: July 2011
Last modified: July 2015