Sci-fi and speculative fiction as roadmap for community organizing

Emergent StrategiesJoin Leeway Foundation on December 8 to welcome writer and cultural organizer Adrienne Maree Brown for Emergent Strategies: Speculative Fiction & Radical Organizing–a lively conversation inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler. This discussion will explore the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice using Butler’s work.

Butler’s writing in The Parable series and other works instigates and provokes new thinking about how we can bring into being the kind of society that we want and expands what we might imagine. Through her protagonists, Butler illustrated adaptive, intuitive, shared leadership in practice. This recurrent theme, dubbed “Emergent Strategy,” will be a key focus of the afternoon’s discussion.

Emergent Strategies will take place on Sunday, December 8 from 1:30pm–3:30pm at Art Sanctuary (628 S 16th St).

The event is free but you must RSVP here or call 215-545-4078 x17 

This workshop is presented in partnership with the following organizations: The AfroFuturist Affair, Apiary Magazine, Art Sanctuary, BLACKprint, Bread & Roses Community Fund, GriotWorks, Media Mobilizing Project, Metropolarity, Myth Media Studios, Thread Makes Blanket, and Training for Change.


About Adrienne Maree Brown

Adrienne is a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow writing science fiction in Detroit. She is co-editor, with poet/activistWalidah Imarisha, of the forthcoming anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She has helped to launch the Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy Reading Network for people interested in reading Octavia’s work from a political and strategic framework, and is building with the Octavia Butler Legacy Network on other ways of extending Butler’s work.


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