Power Over / Power With
Words matter. What we say, how we say it, whether we say something at all, matters.
If we are silent others may take our lack of voice as agreement. It follows that if we see something, we do not think is right we need to speak up, silence is not enough.
This is one way we put our values into action.
Words convey messages both literal, as in what the words mean, but also about power relations. Some words convey power over a person, in C-Change power should sit with the person we work for.
Here is a simple example of the power of language, I took him to the shops (power over)
We went shopping together (power with)
We should always try to use language that reflects power with the people we work for.
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