The official podcast of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute - each episode we dive deeply into the life, practice and experimentation of a person or group who we see as living embodiments of emergent strategy. Emergent Strategy is about how we get in right relationship with change - what are the simple interactions that can shift and shape complex systems and patterns? Hosts are Sage Crump, Mia Herndon and adrienne maree brown.
Minding Your Relations with Adaku Utah
Adaku Utah is a 6th generation Igbo healer and the organizing director of the National Network of Abortion Funds. Adaku and Mia meet to talk about organizing and providing services to communities outside of the parameters of the state, and Adaku points to the work that is required for tending to our relationships. They also leads listeners through a centering practice. So find a place that brings you comfort and press play.
Civic Alchemy with Yazmany Arboleda
Yazmany Arboleda is the People's Artist for New York City through the Civic Engagement Commission. This week, Yazmany joins adrienne to talk about the possibilities of creating an active, experimental, and more imaginative and democratic engagement with the people who make up a place.
Disrupting White Dominant Culture with ashley sparks
ashley sparks is a theater maker, facilitator, engagement strategist, and collaboration coach and consultant. ashley joins Sage this week on the Emergent Strategy Podcast to talk about bringing their artistry into activism spaces, getting buttoned up adults to soften, and the grieving that comes when parts of ourselves need to be let go or are challenged.
Transcript found here.
Yin Timing with Lindsay Fauntleroy
Acupuncturist or Blacupuncturist, Lindsay Fauntleroy, joins ESII host, Mia, for a conversation about possible overlap between African-based traditions and Chinese medicine. She is also the author of the new book In Our Element: Using the Five Elements as Soul Medicine to Unleash Your Personal Power, and Lindsay talks to Mia about the beauty and practice of yin timing.
Filling the Gap with Caitlin Breedlove
Caitlin Breedlove is the current Deputy Executive Director at the Women's March and author of a forthcoming book about her experience with ovarian cancer. A long time organizer, Caitlin meets with ESII host, adrienne, to discuss how approaching and experiencing cancer has informed her work as an organizer and vice versa. Caitlin and adrienne also talk about writing close to the bone (hint: it involves losing lots of preamble).
Radical Grievance with Malkia Devich Cyril
Grief is power and grief as a way to strength and intimacy are some of the ideas that this week's Emergent Strategy Podcast guest, Malkia Devich-Cyril, explores with host, Sage. An illuminating conversation about an honest collective embrace of grief that might also aid in our emphasis on belonging.
This is our last episode until September. ESII is going on summer break! Have a beautiful summer and there will be more of season 2 in the fall. Thank you for listening!
This show is so cool and it’s so helpful to hear stories from all these emergent strategist artists and organizers!!!
Richness that resonates and re-inspires
I’ve been grateful to all of you (Sage, adrienne, and Mia) for quite some time. Since I first became acquainted with “Complex Movements” a few years ago, I’ve kept my ears and heart open to what was emerging from the spaces seeded by Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs. In the summer of 2019, I was deeply disappointed to miss an immersion in Emergent Strategy in Seattle due to an illness, but it has been a consolation to get inspiration from this podcast. As an artist/writer/facilitator who didn’t have a name for what I’d been doing all these years, trying to subvert within the dominant culture and build new ways of navigating outside the frame, it’s good to have all these examples and models to re-inspire, especially as I decolonize from academic life. THANK YOU!
Loving, truthful, visionary conversations!!
This podcast is bringing important, healing and transformational perspectives, practices and conversations to the forefront. I’m so grateful to listen and dig into emergent strategy and how it’s enacted with these incredible thought leaders!