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Emergent Strategy Reading Group

27th August 2020 @ 7:00 pm 1st October 2020 @ 8:30 pm

We’re running a reading group! D’you like books? Social change? Are you interested in how naturally emergent patterns connect to how we might build our social justice movements?

If yes, then join us for a new Gentle/Radical reading group, featuring adrienne maree brown’s epic 2017 publication, ‘Emergent Strategy.’

Starting Thursday 27th August, 7.00pm, we’ll meet (a mixture of weekly and fortnightly) to dive into this text, hold a space for its invitations and wisdoms, and discuss what it means to practice its principles – in our communities and projects here in Cardiff. You don’t have to be based in Cardiff to attend, but we actively encourage those living in the city, and seeking to make changes locally, to join us. Above all, we want to find ways in which to practice radically different frameworks of change, beyond talking about them, and support and encourage each other to do the work that our times demand.

Ideally you’ll commit to participating in all seven sessions and arriving to each session having read the assigned pages (see schedule below). Different facilitators will lead each session and some, no doubt, will emerge.

If you’re interested in signing up, please email rabab@gentleradical.org and we’ll send relevant Zoom links nearer the time. You can buy your own copy of Emergent Strategy, or we can send you a link to relevant PDF sections we’re reading as we go along – let us know in your email.

August 27: Welcome/Introductions, p. 1 – 39
September 3: p. 41 – 82
September 17: p. 83 – 121
October 1: p. 123 – 165
October 15: p. 167 – 190
October 22: p. 191 – 211
October 29: p. 213 – 274 Close

“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”

“I think it is healing behaviour, to look at something so broken and see the possibility and wholeness in it.”

“Many of us have been socialised to understand that constant growth, violent competition, and critical mass are the ways to create change. But emergence shows us that adaptation and evolution depend more upon critical, deep, and authentic connections…Dare I say love”