Understanding and often changing power dynamics is essential to solutions that enable the disenfranchised. Two ways of thinking about power include distributive power (who has power over whom) and collective power (the capacity of a group to realize its common goals.) In order to analyze existing power relationships, some helpful questions include:
1) Who benefits?
2) Who governs?
3) Who wins?
4) Who has a reputation for power?
Sources of power can include:
1. Authority and position
2. Access to and control of resources
4. Skills, education, expertise
6. Physicality and personal qualities