One of three types of power
presented by Starhawk
in her books Truth or Dare
and Dreaming the Dark
is an extension of power-from-within
, which is power arising from the inherent
worth of a person, as opposed to power-over
which is dependent on one's abilities to control
other people or one's environment.
"Power-with is social power, the influence we wield among equals...the power of a strong individual in a group of equals, the power not to command, but to suggest and be listened to, to begin something and see it happen. The source of power-with is the willingness of others to listen to our ideas. We could call that willingness respect, not for a role, but for each unique person."
-- Starhawk, Truth or Dare, p. 9-10.