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Emergent Strategy with adrienne maree brown

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Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, is inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, it is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.

Emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. It emphasizes critical connections, authentic relationships, listening with the body and the mind.

In emergence, the whole is a mirror of the parts. Fractal – the health of the cell is the health of the species and the planet.

There are examples of emergence everywhere.

Birds don’t make a plan to migrate, raising resources to fund their way, packing for scarce times, mapping out their pit stops. They feel a call in their bodies and they must go, and they follow it, responding to each other, each bringing their adaptations.

We define emergent strategy as intentional, strong because it is decentralized, adaptive, interdependent, and creating more possibilities.

Bringing emergent strategy to our organizing means we become creators of our future together.

We are not limited to how things have been done in the past in terms of how we share leadership, how we manage interpersonal justice, how we make decisions, how we grow our work.

Even our smallest acts of integrity grow our collective capacity to live our visions into reality.

Through this workshop we will explore:

  • Emergence. Rather than laying out big strategic plans for our work, many of us have been coming together in community, in authentic relationships, and seeing what emerges from our conversations, visions and needs.
  • Radical transformation in community
  • Examples from Octavia Butlers work which serve as case studies of emergent strategy
  • Embodied approaches to leadership

In emergence, nothing is wasted, or a failure. Emergence is a system that makes use of everything in the iterative process. It’s all data.

Octavia Butler says “civilization is to groups what intelligence is to individuals. It is a means of combining the intelligence of many to achieve ongoing group adaptation.”

She also says “everything you touch you change, everything you change, changes you.” We are constantly impacting and changing our civilization – each other, ourselves, intimates, strangers.

And in that reality, we are working to recreate a world that is by it’s very nature in a constant state of change.

We will explore:

  • What we can learn about community organzing from the natural world. Janine Benyus the mother of biomimicry, says Nature would always create conditions conducive to life. She tells of a radical fringe of scientists who are realizing that natural selection isn’t individual but mutual, that species only survive if they learn to be in community.
  • Resilience. How can we, future ancestors, align ourselves with the most resilient practices of emergence as a species?
  • Small scale change. Many of us have been socialized that constant growth, and critical mass, are the ways to create change. But emergence shows us that adaptation and evolution depend more upon critical connections. Dare i say love. The quality of connection between the nodes in the patterns. And we know how to connect – and we long for it.
  • How the body is a site for transformation and healing and how that is related to personal and collective liberation.

How we will gather

We will gather through a participatory online workshop that is interactive, informative and practice-based. You will be led by Liberatory Leadership Project’s guest teacher adrienne mare brown.

This workshop is part of a series of workshops and trainings led by the Liberatory Leadership Project around the intersections of spirituality, healing, and justice.

This workshop will be recorded

Lead Facilitator

adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy.

She is:
a writer
a sci-fi/Octavia Butler scholar
an organizational healer
a pleasure activist
a facilitator
a life/love/relationship/work coach
a network weaver
a speaker/singer (including wedding singer) and
a doula
living in Detroit.

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Cost & Scholarships: $35. If the price is a barrier, please contact us and we will work to connect you with a scholarship. Likewise, if you can, pay it forward, to make this accessible to folks regardless of financial means.

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