In this bonus episode, we aim to unpack the intricate topic of power and the routes that can be taken towards it.
What is power? How do you acquire power? Is power good or evil?
How did we gain power?
These are questions we will be philosophising on before kicking off the official season of Starting Up, Starting Out.
In this episode, we establish a working definition of power, provide some examples of power, and lightly touch on the effects of choosing several routes to power on both a general and personal level using our entrepreneurial journeys as a backdrop.
In particular, we touch on relational power, political power and economic power as key examples to pay attention to.
Highlighting this topic is an important precursor to the rest of the season as firstly, it provides a loose framework for listeners to assess what forms of power are available to them and to reflect on how they can best be used.
Secondly, it will form a foundation for us to re-examine the interconnectedness of these forms of power - or an absence of them amongst varying groups.
Ultimately, we are mindful of shoehorning the route to power as something that can only be obtained through entrepreneurship and consequently, we want to engage in a healthy dialogue to critique, celebrate and review power in a contemporary context.
Through this podcast, we hope listeners will take the time to survey the different forms of power available to them (or lack thereof) and use this information as fuel to create the change they want to see - and get the chance to hear about the journeys we have taken to reach our goals.
Jess is an award-winning social entrepreneur, research fellow and international speaker. She is also the founder of the organisation, Black Women’s Project (BWP), which seeks to develop Black female leaders who have been through the UK higher education system by harnessing the power of research and community. Through BWP, Jess has carried out international research, designed and facilitated lectures, seminars and leadership programs; and fundraised thousands to support 1,000+ women.
Milambo is an accomplished social entrepreneur. Outside of that, he is Trainee Solicitor at a leading international corporate law firm. Milambo co-founded Knockout Crime, a social enterprise that utilises boxing as a means to address serious youth violence (knife and gun crime) in London. He is also the Director of the Widening Access Network, a social enterprise committed to raising the aspirations of young people from diverse backgrounds who have historically lacked access to opportunities.
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