Mitigate power imbalances; prioritise equity

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When misused, co-creation can be “the actual reification of the power of people who still have everything” said Jennifer MacArthur

When you approach an individual with an opportunity, in a space where they usually might not be offered many opportunities, this already creates a power imbalance, they are not always in a position to push back on your requests, even if they feel uncomfortable.

In order to mitigate this power imbalance, it is important to first consider who you are approaching, is there anyone within the community who has the experience to work equitably with you, and if not, is there a mentoring/cultural safety expert you can associate with the project to ensure power imbalances are addressed?

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