Power and Privilege

In any social context (grouping of people, from family & neighbourhood to workplace and society), there are power differentials operating all the time.

Power derives from a range of sources such as roles (both formal and informal), status, identity and ability.

A person who enjoys privileged status owing to differentials in what society values, holds more power than those less privileged.

This power plays out constantly in subtle and overt ways, and we are all at risk of misusing the power we hold and being misused by others’ power.

However, it’s not as straightforward as this sounds, because we all hold multiple roles and identities, some of which are privileged, others not, e.g. a gay man: i.e. we have intersecting roles and identities, which create complexity.

It takes recognition of the above concepts of power, privilege, identity, intersectionality and a commitment to positive action to address their impact in our personal lives and within the work and social roles we hold; and a high level of reflection and reflexivity, to be effective in managing our power and privileges.

This workshop seeks to promote understanding and awareness of the dynamics of power and privilege and their impact and offers the opportunity to develop self-awareness, reflection and reflexivity and explore practical steps to redress negative impact.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To explore issues of power and privilege and how these affect roles and relationships in individual contexts as well as organisationally
  • To increase understanding of how the nature and extent of privilege differs from person to person through our intersecting identities
  • To identify how unrecognised and unacknowledged power and privilege operate
  • To reflect on the range of our own powers and how we use our personal and positional power
  • To explore practical steps that can be taken to increase positive action and redress the negative impact of power relations and privilege on our work and with those we work
  • To reflect on our practice through the lens of power and privilege

Workshop format:

Interactive and informal facilitation involving experiential and reflective exercises, discussions, in pairs and in small groups.

Contact: info@zebra.coop for further details.

Cultural Capability

This workshop explores essential elements which promote cultural capability in professional practice by:

  • Defining cultural capability, and recognising its complexity:
  • Defining cultural relativism, and recognising its complexity
  • Making links between culture, power and oppression
  • Raising awareness of the impact of personal beliefs and values of participants on their work and relationships with others

Workshop Outline & Learning Outcomes

  • To recognise the diverse cultural, historical and socio-economic context of Devon/Cornwall in 2018
  • To explore personal identities, values and attitudes, and how these affect communication, relationship-building and all aspects of professional practice
  • To reflect on learnings, recommendations, group wisdom and perspectives
  • To explore this through case studies

Workshop format

  • Regular discussions, in pairs and in small groups
  • Interactive and informal facilitation involving exercises to suit different learning needs (will ask for this information before designing the activities further and to make any adaptations if necessary)
  • Time to reflect on learning outcomes
  • Encouraged to build on what the individual knows and does already fostering the idea that everyone is a resource

 Conversational tools

Solution-focused questions: open, & positively framed:

# Strengths not weaknesses

# Opportunities and possibilities

# Using strengths, opportunities and possibilities to cross hurdles

Contact: info@zebra.coop to book or with any enquiries.

Challenging Discrimination

Within your role you will at times be required to challenge others’ behaviour because you think it is potentially discriminatory.

You might need to challenge in order to:

  • Promote an inclusive and positive environment that is free of discrimination and that values difference
  • Reinforce the policies and procedures of your organisation
  • Ensure you do not breach the equalities legal framework

Knowing what, when and how to challenge can be tricky. There is some language and behaviour that is absolutely unacceptable such as language that is racist, sexist or homophobic or unlawful discrimination.

There are also many situations where it doesn’t seem so clear cut. In this course we’ll consider questions such as “What constitutes inappropriate banter?” or “They meant no offence, it was only a joke. Do I still need to challenge?”. You’ll come away with a clear understanding of when and why challenge is necessary.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this one-day workshop you will…

  • Know about the forms of discrimination that are covered by the Equality Act 2010
  • Feel confident about promoting equality and inclusion
  • Know when it is necessary to challenge discrimination
  • Understand the principles of constructive and respectful challenging
  • Be able to challenge discrimination using a solution-focused approach


Contact: info@zebra.coop to book, or with any enquiries.


Promoting Equality & Challenging Discrimination Workshop

What does Promoting Equality look like in 2019?

We know that people are individuals with a multitude of identities, experiences, thoughts and feelings. And we as workers / practitioners / citizens are looking at the world through our own unique lens which sometimes contains conflicting interests / biases / prejudices as well as compassion, curiosity and a commitment to social justice.

How can we challenge discrimination without putting a person on the defensive, and instead create the conditions for genuine opportunities for change of attitude and practice?

This workshop will encourage you to explore what you know and do already, what your strengths and resources are in promoting equality and how you can build on these in your unique work / life context and within the remits and duties of equality legislation.

We will create and hold a learning environment where you can leave feeling energised, hopeful, reflective and confident to really embed the principles of equality and inclusion into your everyday practice and work culture.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this one-day workshop you will…

  • Be able to describe and analyse concepts such as equality, prejudice, discrimination, intersectionality and the cycle of systematic oppression and understand some of its impact
  • Have an up to date knowledge of current equalities legislation and raised confidence in applying this knowledge
  • Demonstrate the choice and use of language which actively promotes equality and be able to explain confidently why some language and behaviour may be inappropriate
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the emotional impact of discrimination to self and others
  • Be able to appropriately and respectfully challenge discrimination using a solution focused approach
  • Create a personal action plan for promoting equality within your practice

What people have said  about this course –

“Very good and interactive, I liked that it wasn’t just reading from a PowerPoint. Enjoyed the in-depth discussions especially around political correctness and use of language.”


Contact: info@zebra.coop to book, or with any enquiries.