A just society needs
organisations to embody integrity
We are witnessing a fundamental shift in society of increased awareness and sensitivity about abuse of power and imbalance. With this, is a recognition of how organisations’ can contribute to or perpetuate these injustices.
An inclusive and safe work culture, anti-racism, equality, diversity, anti-corruption, sustainability, and safeguarding: many organisations are struggling with how to prioritise and address these complex and often highly sensitive issues. Because they often evolve in separate parts of organisations, these areas often remain siloed – including at board level. Without a holistic, systems-based approach, many organisations fail to see opportunities where they could do better.
Power & Integrity (P&I) believes that understanding the underlying power dynamics creates a solid foundation to develop a more integrated, effective, and impactful approach.
Power analysis is not new. Nonprofits have applied it to inform programmes and campaigns addressing inequality for years. They view systemic power structures, such as colonialism, patriarchy, and racism, as intersecting. These structures underpin devastating behaviours including saviourism, sexism, racism, bullying, harassment, abuse, corruption, and social and environmental exploitation.
But non-profits have only just started to apply power analysis internally to address the injustices that result from their own ways of working. Where it is applied, it is only to a few key areas such as safeguarding, leadership and/or de-colonisation. We want to unlock the full potential of the more effective, holistic, and coherent approach that power analysis enables.
We are starting our work with the non-profit sector because we believe it has a moral duty, given its purpose-driven objectives; it understands the value of power analysis; and because we recognise a critical need for support right now.
“I think power & integrity’s proposal to develop a charity-wide approach to addressing power dynamics and integrity is very timely and much needed.”
What role will we play?
Cultivating integrity practice
We see integrity practice as a continuous learning process. This benefits from diverse perspectives shaping a shared understanding. We will contribute by:
- being open-source to enable accessible resources for all non-profit organisations,
- focusing on supporting shared understanding of and approaches to integrity practice,
- working directly with leaders at executive and board level, given their impact and role,
- Evolving our understanding and approach in response to emerging needs and new knowledge.
What role can you play?
We’re seeking participants for our discovery phase
Our discovery phase is due to start in early 2022. We’re now looking for partners to take part in our Power Analysis for Organisational Integrity Lab, and for participants in our strategy labs to enable sector level coherence on power and integrity.
Discovery Phase funding
We are a nonprofit seeking funding for the discovery phase. Contact us to explore funding partnerships which include sponsorship communications, bespoke workshops, and other valuable opportunities to be part of this cutting edge yet until recently, largely overlooked area of work.
For more details, email Alex Cole-Hamilton.
Power sensitive integrity
We draw on existing work to address power dynamics, both overt and hidden, perpetuating inequality in society. We’re adapting these methods for nonprofits, so they can become power sensitive organisations, prevent negative dynamics, & can harness power in its positive forms.
Power analysis is the is the second key strand of our work.
By integrity, we mean in both senses: honest, responsible, accountable, and principled, and also whole and unbroken. For This means a holistic, and strategic integrity mindset, combined with practice at individual, organisational and sector levels. This is more effective, more efficient and reduces risk of harm.
Organisational integrity is the first key strand of our work.
We see integrity practice as a continuous learning process which benefits from diverse perspectives shaping a shared understanding. We will facilitate collaboration, and transparency, to cultivate common language and understanding of organisational integrity. This will provide an enabling environment for NGOs work collectively to address power, enable increased coherence in donor requirements and contribute to the wider sector level work on legitimacy, decolonisation, and power.
A common approach is the third key strand of our work.
Get in touch
Do you want to know more about taking part in our power lab or a contribute to our strategy for a common approach? Or do you have a media enquiry? If so please do get in touch.
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