Use these questions to reflect on the video:
How do systems of societal privilege perpetuate harmful societal norms? Where do they show up in our everyday lives?
How can you use the parts of yourself that give you more societal power to support others? What would that look like?
What does calling out injustices look like?
3 Types of Power
It's easy to feel hopeless when we realize the ways in which systems work against us based on our identities. However, all hope is not lost! Did you know that there are multiple types of power that individuals can hold? These types of power play a role in all of our lives, and it's important we work to understand them so we can use our power to help others. Check out the definitions below, then test your knowledge of the three types of power!
Personal Power - the qualities, traits, and skills that are inherent to who one is. E.g. hard worker, sense of humor, cultural identity, intelligence
Role or Positional Power - the power or authority one has in an organization or hierarchy. E.g. an employee, president
Status or Social Power - the unearned power that an individual or group has in society. E.g. white, male
SYLC's Share More Campaign is an effort to disrupt harmful dominant narratives through vulnerable storytelling. One important element of the Share More Campaign is the Postcard Project, where we invite individuals to share about themselves through art and words. To participate in the Postcard Project, create an anonymous postcard that shares a part of your story relating to power, privilege, and oppression. The postcard may then be shared anonymously to this site and SYLC's social media to spread messages about equity and vulnerability. Use some of the prompts below to inspire you, and remember to be thoughtful and careful with your words!
What does having power mean to you?
How does your identity shape your experiences with power and privilege?
Which parts of your identity allow you to have privilege? Which don’t?
How can you use your power to help others?
What does practicing allyship look like to you?
What keeps you strong and helps you move forward despite how much status power you may or may not have been born with?
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The following concepts and definitions have been compiled from a variety of sources and experts, from dictionaries to leaders in the fight for justice, both local and otherwise. Many thanks to those who have shared knowledge in any form with SYLC and contributed to the development of this campaign.