If you are looking for an alternative to hierarchical organization and wish to understand the characteristics of that approach, this book will be of great interest.  Brown is a creative, witty, insightful, spiritual activist. You can order Emergent Strategy from AK Press, a worker-run, collectively managed, Anarchist publisher and distributor. 

The Publisher’s Description:

“Inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy 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.” -AK Press

Adrienne Maree Brown Speaks at 2017 Compassionate Communities Conference

In this talk, Brown discusses the concept of Emergent Strategy and shares her inspiration behind the book, including quotes from Octavia E Butler.

You can watch the talk below.

More about Adrienne Maree Brown

From AdrienneMareeBrown.net: “Adrienne Maree Brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, and author of Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and MediationWe Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative JusticePleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling GoodEmergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. She is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the WorldOctavia’s Parables and Emergent Strategy podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.”



This article was contributed by Alberta Pedroja and Sophie Stockum. 

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