So, ok, but what EXACTLY is emergent strategy?

Emergent Strategy:

  • was, initially, a way of describing the adaptive and relational leadership model found in the work of Black science fiction writer Octavia Butler (and others).

  • then it grew into plans of action, personal practices and collective organizing tools that account for constant change and rely on the strength of relationships for adaptation. With a crush on biomimicry and permaculture.

    Biomimetics or biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems.
    Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

  • which evolved into strategies for organizers building movements for justice and liberation that leverage relatively simple interactions to create complex patterns, systems, and transformations--including adaptation, interdependence and decentralization, fractal awareness, resilience and transformative justice, nonlinear and iterative change, creating more possibilities.

  • and now its like... ways for humans to practice being in right relationship to our home and each other, to practice complexity, and grow a compelling future together through relatively simple interactions. Emergent strategy is how we intentionally change in ways that grow our capacity to embody the just and liberated worlds we long for.

  • and maybe, if I'm honest, it's a philosophy for how to be in harmony and love, in and with the world.

So what is emergent strategy? (amb)

from Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, ebook version pgs 16-17

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