4.1 Partnership and participation

Sharing power implies enabling citizens to participate in the shaping of their community. In the next activity, we explore one approach to enabling community participation.

Activity 3 Community mobilisers

Timing: (15 minutes)

Watch this video from the Community Mobiliser Team from Community Action: MK in which they talk about their work to mobilise citizens to contribute to the shaping of their communities.

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As you watch, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do the mobilisers enable citizens to influence the way in which their community develops?
  • How might the work of the mobiliser team influence the council and other public sector organisations?
  • To what extent do you recognise the work of ‘mobilising’ as leadership as defined in Week 1 of this course? Copy this definition of leadership to your learning journal. [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   Make notes about the key words from this definition that you recognise in the mobilisers’ accounts of practice. Make sure you title the post with the week number and the number of this activity, Week 7 Activity 3. Leadership is a collaborative, political and democratic practice  that provides direction, energy and critical engagement on issues that are made to matter.


The community mobilisers may not describe themselves as leaders, but we recognise leadership in their practice. They provide energy and engagement on issues that are important to local citizens. Their practice engages citizens with the political process, ensuring their voices are heard, as well as supporting citizens to shape their own community through the creation of residents’ associations, community activities, and support groups. They influence which issues emerge in the local area and which remain unexplored.

4 Collaboration and shared power

4.2 Power asymmetry