Empowerment is a multi-layered social process that allows individuals and communities to act with autonomy, confidently representing themselves and their abilities with authority and determination. Empowerment can involve removing previous constraints or providing the tools and supports needed for previously powerless individuals or communities to act with self-determination. True empowerment requires that those assisting in the process retain no power, gain, or leverage against those they are helping. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.
Do you have people in your life who are so difficult, so demanding, that when it comes time for you to speak your mind or ask for what you want, it’s just not worth it? Does the amount of stress this causes make you want to just appease them or continue to ‘suck it up’?
A Transition Town group involved in preparations for peak oil and climate change; an intentional community, founded with the highest ideals; a nonprofit dedicated to social change. Millions of such voluntary groups exist around the world.
Through her own infinite wisdom and the questions she asks when interviewing other wise people, Oprah has helped empower millions of people to take control of their lives and find the courage to pursue their dreams.