“Recently, I was in Detroit for a community summit organized by our partners at the Detroit People’s Platform and led a workshop on coalitions and alliances. Since the power imbalances between Detroit’s community members and the city’s corporate and elected leaders are so big, local groups turn to collaboration as a strategy for building power. But there can be a lot of conflict on the path to shared power. As I was designing the workshop I reflected on what we’ve learned and read about how groups manage the tensions that can come up between coalition partners.”
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