Emergent Strategy
Author: Adrienne Marie Brown
Reader's Review: This is a potent text for activists, educators, artists, cultural organizers, and assorted change-makers in dire times. Over the course of the book (which can be read in disparate parts or in sequence in its entirety), Adrienne Marie Brown weaves in biology, history, facilitation strategies, and afro-futurism to create a hopeful, practical, and far-out guide to cultivating ourselves and our communities towards more liberated futures. Compassion and imagination underpin the book’s explorations, and this text helped me feel my way forward when my intellect could not see the path--a sort of alchemy-as-strategy that feels essential to address the nexus of crises facing our haggard little species at this moment.   “Just at least consider that the place where you were wrong might be the most fertile ground for connecting with and receiving others. And in a beautiful twist, being soft in your rightness, as opposed to smashing people with your brilliance, can open others up to whatever wisdom you’ve accumulated.” (94)  --Read and recommended by Brother Chris Darby 
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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 resolute materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.