3rd Dimension

Good morning,

I was thinking that an example from my hometown might be an example of the 3rd dimension of power.  Many years ago, we did not have a health and wellness center, an indoor pool and we still do not have a YMCA.  I felt as a member of the community the excitement over plans for a new health and wellness center with an indoor pool which, I thought was for the community so with that excitement, I engaged in fund raising and supported initiatives that were donating resources to this cause.  Now, it turns out that the average citizen like myself cannot afford to be a member of this health and wellness center and it is owned by the hospital with membership, swim lesson fees and therapy sessions paid to the hospital now owned by UVA.  Please let me know if this is an accurate example of the 3rd dimension. Thanks!

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  • September 4, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    What do you guys think?
    To me, that does seem like an effective use of manipulation: you & your people came to see this as an important project for the community, worthy of mobilizing around. Thus – in your interests. Come to find out – not so much.

    *Now, keep in mind, that folks can use the 3rd dimension of power without thinking “I’m going to really stick it to this group” or “I’m really going to manipulate the little guy, to get my way.” Right? The people with the power in this situation may also TRULY BELIEVE that this is in the community best interests. We can have disadvantageous outcomes without ill intent.

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