Book Review- 'Come Hell or High Water: A Handbook on Collective Process Gone Awry'

Book Review- 'Come Hell or High Water: A Handbook on Collective Process Gone Awry'

http://www.akpress.org/2009/items/comehellorhighwater

COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: A HAND- BOOK ON COLLECTIVE PROCESS GONE AWRY By Delfina Vannucci & Richard Singer (AK Press, 2009) 

If you’re looking to identify unhealthy dominant culture habits that have crept into your collective process this is the book for you. Come Hell or High Water gives a comprehensive breakdown of behaviors that can discourage collective participation and perpetuate distorted power dynamics. The comics are hilarious and give the reader a good break in between the disappointing descriptions of the many ways collectives can break down. Every collective should have a copy of this book to pin point behaviors that prevent the sharing of collective power and give members tools for identify problem areas in collective dynamics with the eye to improving collective health. If you love your collective read this book a little bit at a time- reading in one sitting the descriptions of all the negative behaviors we’re conditioned by dominant culture to revert to and how they can damage collective process can be a bit overwhelming. 

 

There is a short chapter at the end of the book that briefly touches on positive behaviors but it does not touch on the subject in a way that counters the many chapters devoted to collective problems. I look forward to a part two of this book which would hopefully focus on the habits of a healthy collective and/or positive behaviors to keep collective process moving in the right direction. Hopefully it will include chapters on tactics for celebrating collective success, sharing power sharing dreams, healthy habits of collectives that have made it a long way, and essentials for collective survival through tough times or how our collective made it through a conflict we thought might break us. Kudos to the authors to taking the first step in helping us recognize bad habits with the eye on collective success.