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)