The following 7 posts are tagged with the tag power.

Using Privilege for Good

08 Dec 2016   equality  philosophy  power  privilege 
With South Africa being a country of extreme inequality, we need a totally different way of looking at society to be able to deal with it effectively. We need to stop thinking dualistically. We need to spend more time cultivating a habit of being grateful for what we have, while using our tendency towards social comparison to motivate us to positive, empowering action. We need to focus on local community instead of individual action, or waiting for government or business to "do the right thing". Read more

The Problem of Power

31 Jul 2016   philosophy  power 
Thinking about the propagation of any particular ideology, or more broadly, any framework of thinking (and potentially even feeling), we simply can't ignore the role of power and social influence. It seems far too hard-wired into our very humanity. Read more

On (White) Privilege

02 Mar 2015   apartheid  power  privilege  racism  social influence 
"Irked" is the best way I could describe my feeling after reading a recent opinion piece on the Mail & Guardian's site on the topic of "white privilege" in South Africa. It took me a while to understand why, exactly, I felt this way, but I've since established that it has a lot to do with the ... Read more

Money, freedom and entrepreneurship

18 Jun 2012   entrepreneurship  freedom  money  philosophy  power 
Lately I've been thinking about the role of money in society quite a bit, and today I was thinking about it against the backdrop of entrepreneurship. Money, Relationships and Freedom On a philosophical level, it would seem to me as though money is a sort of portable, tradeable representation of ... Read more

Why is Facebook so successful?

This morning I thought I'd do some digging to try and find what people think about why Facebook became so successful. Most answers that I found didn't really capture what I thought about the issue (not even Zuckerberg's own opinion), so I decided to give a bit of an alternative perspective on ... Read more

The battle against the ANC?

23 Nov 2011   corruption  politics  power  social influence 
After having passed the "secrecy bill" through parliament yesterday, and with the Mac Maharaj fiasco, a whole range of ridiculing, "naming-and-shaming", gossip-like articles and public comments/jokes have been popping up: "Black Tuesday": There's more where that came from Evading the questions ... Read more

Power, and business

Keltner, Van Kleef, Chen and Kraus wrote a really interesting paper in 2008 on social power entitled A reciprocal influence model of social power, and I think that, against the backdrop of emergence and complexity theory and social influence theory, we're only beginning to scratch the surface as ... Read more