Analyzing hidden power relations

To represent the dynamics of the actors and their functionality in the Baan Mankong Programme, we analogized their collaborative performance to the set of assembled gears of an equipment or a system of instruments. The role and relationship of the actors in a given case is like an assemblage working together for a specific function. Every gear or actor in this system relies on the other for its mobilization and/or function, where an actor is seen as an apparatus of the process to achieve a particular collective intent.

Using that analogy and diagram we show how different actors work on different levels and scales but rely on the capacity of the other actors to keep operating effectively. With this in mind, failure of one gear results in the failure to maneuver the rest of the system.  However, to what extent do power relations affect the sustainability of the system? Is the driver of social change equal to the actor holding the most power?

When thinking, one of the information gaps that would be interesting to explore when we get to Bangkok is the degree of indirect influence of the different actors, as well as how actual conditions differ from what we have been reading on paper.

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