Power Lab

Join our journey towards understanding power for organisational integrity
Power & Integrity is incubated within     and Power Lab was possible thanks to the support of Oak Foundation.

Join our journey towards understanding power for organisational integrity
Power & Integrity is incubated within   and Power Lab was possible thanks to the support of Oak Foundation.

The rationale

A new holistic approach

As nonprofits become more aware of the potential harm from their work, most struggle to navigate the increasingly complex web of integrity issues and expanding list of requirements. As well as seriously hampering board oversight, the current piecemeal management of integrity practices can lead to harmful gaps and lapses.

With a power-sensitive, whole-system, and synergy-led approach, we believe nonprofits can transform integrity practice across the sector. We are running a Power Lab to start co-creation and learning on how best to apply holistic power analysis in the nonprofit setting.

Holistic integrity areas

These include:

  • anti-corruption
  • anti-racism
  • equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
  • gender
  • human rights
  • leadership
  • safeguarding
  • sustainability
  • blind spots

THE OPPORTUNITY

Lead the way in addressing organisational power dynamics

We are seeking four UK-based nonprofits to join a four-month programme to explore:

  • how power dynamics shape organisational and individual behaviours
  • how seemingly separate integrity areas are interconnected
  • practical steps for nurturing positive transformational power and addressing negative power
  • pathways to embody organisational integrity.

We will explore how power analysis is foundational to organisational integrity and how to adapt integrity practices accordingly. Rather than starting from scratch, we will build on well-evidenced power analysis frameworks used in campaigning and programme work. Participating organisations will develop bespoke action plans, and work together on next steps for the sector.

    The benefits of participating

    Your team will form part of a small, dynamic cohort at the forefront of informing sector knowledge of power for evolving, whole-system integrity practice.

    The lab will build your skills and confidence in understanding, articulating and addressing power for integrity-related decisions.

    There are significant longer-term benefits as well. Understanding your organisation’s underlying power dynamics means you can address potential integrity issues in an effective and efficient way.

    Reduced risk of harm

    Rather than reacting to new integrity issues as they arise or or when the sector prioritises a new area, you can be proactive in identifying blind spots, reducing potential harm.

    Improved stewardship

    Reducing fragmentation and duplication in how you address multiple aspects of integrity will lead to better stewardship of finite human and financial resources.

    Increased assurance

    Gaining holistic oversight of integrity across your whole organisation will give you much more confidence that you are prioritising appropriately and able to make timely interventions.

    THE PROGRAMME

    The Power Lab journey

    Participants from the four nonprofits will work together in four 3-hour workshops. Facilitation will be sensitive to different learning styles, and will apply a balance of experiential, applied and reflective learning methods.

    There will be a few weeks between each session for reflecting, and to refine practices in your working environment. There will also be a virtual check-in meeting with your PI partner.

    Power Lab’s main aim is to develop practical conceptual frameworks for each participating organisation. But we will also explore how to create an ongoing community of practice or open space for sharing and connecting.

    Criteria for participation
    • Interest: Serious about integrity, addressing power, and shared learning.
    • Attendees: 3–4, ideally a mix of board and executive roles and a practitioner.
    • Time commitment: 4 x 3hr sessions with 2h reflective practice between each.
    Up to 28 hours of support

    Power Lab will provide:

    • 17h face-to-face workshop facilitation
    • Up to 11h direct support from a PI partner.

    Programme of events

    Pre-lab: Participating organisations will have an initial virtual meeting with their PI partner and complete a survey on learning styles and experience of working on power and organisational integrity. They will then review anonymised results and consider questions for SESSION 1.

    SESSION 1: Introductions; Organisational integrity

    What is Organisational Integrity?

    • Exercise to build on the framework that evolve throughout the lab
    • Seeing the fragmentation – exercises to highlight the lack of coherence in current approaches
    • Understanding the common risks and opportunities – mapping and discussion.

    Post-session: Applying learning and virtual check-in with PI partner.

    SESSION 2: Understanding power

    Understanding power and its relationship with integrity

    • Understanding how power operates in a structural and formal way – exercise to introduce power frameworks
    • How power works in organisations – exercises to demonstrate shared root causes for seemingly separate aspects of integrity
    • A coherent way forward – exploring and evolving a practical framework for moving forward.

    Post-session: Applying learning and virtual check-in with PI partner.

    SESSION 3: Leading towards integrity

    How power sensitive leadership can enable positive transformation

    • Exploring transformational power frameworks using experiential exercises and practical examples.
    • What is power sensitive leadership – exercises to explore and identify key principles
    • What is the role of leadership and governance to enable organisations to embody integrity?

    Post-session: Applying learning and virtual check-in with PI partner.

    SESSION 4: Towards organisational integrity

    Moving forward

    • How we can work in a more holistic way within our organsations?
    • What is needed to support organisations and the sector to take this forward?
    • Critical reflection and lessons learned from workshop.

    Post-lab: PI will share lessons learned with the Power Lab cohort and offer virtual monthly check-ins for up to 8 months after the workshops. We will also share anonymised learnings more widely in the spirit of open-source working, to support wider sector work addressing power.

    Where and when?

    Power Lab workshops are due to take place in London on the following dates  – 2022-2023:
    SESSION 1: October 24th
    SESSION 2: November 28th
    SESSION 3: February 6th 
    SESSION 4: March 6th

    Funding

    Our ability to run Power Lab is possible thanks to the support of Oak Foundation.

    Participating organisations just need to contribute their time, skills and experience, plus any travel or accommodation costs. A voluntary donation of up to £500 will help support our wider work, which is not yet funded. However, this is not a requirement of joining Power Lab.

    Interested to take part?

    We have stopped taking applications for the power lab. We will however be holding some mini labs later in the year. To register your interest, please email khadija@power-integrity.org.

     

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