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.


The Prison of Your Mind | Sean Stephenson | TEDxIronwoodStatePrison

Extraordinary talk by a therapist and author who is also multiply disabled about not believing any predictions that don’t empower you.

The Art of Power

Turning our conventional understanding of power on its head, world-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and national bestselling author Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how true power comes from within. What we seek, we already have.

Holding Hands Together: From Helplessness to Empowerment

I believe the secret to turning despair into rewarding action is feeling aligned with others and working together for a common cause.

You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.


How to Set Boundaries with Impossible People including Narcissists with Terri Cole

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’?

The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups

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.

The 10 Best Pieces of Life and Career Advice from Oprah Winfrey

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.

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.


Empowering Indigenous Creators

Wapikoni Mobile is changing the lives of Indigenous youth one creator at a time. This stopover season, “Wapikoni from Coast to Coast: Building Bridges and Reconciliation through Media Arts” is empowering young Indigenous Canadians to be media creators.

Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding

A timely and important compilation of first-person accounts by black men—including some famous like Russell Simmons, Rev.


BIPOC Well-Being