In a partnership oriented world you don’t eliminate hierarchy, but simply hierarchy of domination. You still need leaders, but their role is to make sure that those whom they lead have what they need to do their jobs. You have hierarchies of actualization (power to and power with). I work at (and am a leader) in just such an organization, and it works pretty darn well. Of course, we’re all women and we’re all trained as coaches, so we have a bit of a leg up, but Riane Eisler speaks all over the world about how a more partnership-oriented model would actually work. She speaks at places like the UN and teaches both in universities and through on-line courses about how to bring this model more fully into the world.

Prior to 10,000 years ago, most societies were partnership oriented. Domination hierarchies are a drop in the bucket of human history. But I don’t think we need to go back to small bands of 50 people who share everything in order to survive to make this work.

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