So, ok, but what EXACTLY is 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.
Octavia Butler (amb)
All successful life is (Fractal)
Tenacious, (Resilient/Transformative Justice)
Interconnected, and (Interdependent/Decentralized)
Fecund. (Creates More Possibilities)
Understand this. (Scholarship, Reflection)
Use it. (Practice/Experiment)
Shape God. (Intention)
"Octavia Butler said, 'civilization is to groups what intelligence is to individuals. It is a means of combining the intelligence of many to achieve ongoing group adaptation... Janine Benyus, a student of biomimicry, says 'Nature/Life 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.
How can we, future ancestors, align ourselves with the most resilient practices of emergence as a species?" - adrienne maree brown, emergent strategy (ebook edition, pgs 12-13