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Lemieux Library
Lemieux Library

Arts Leadership Book Club

May 2020 Book Club, Emergent Strategy, by adrienne maree brown

Event Date: Monday, May 4, 2020

Location: TBD

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. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.

“Necessary, vital, and timely.” — Ayana Jamieson, Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network

“A word/heart sojourn through the hard questions.” — Makani Themba, facilitator for the Movement for Black Lives

“Emergent Strategy…reminds us, directly and by example, that wonder (which at its heart is love), is the foundation of our ability to shape change and create the world we want.” — Alta Starr, leadership development trainer at Generative Somatics

-- Language from AK Press


The Program in Arts Leadership presents Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown. In partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Program, the event will take place on Monday, May 4 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Including the voices of local leaders, this workshop will help participants reflect upon the principles from brown as well as seek applications of emergent strategy within their own lives, communities, and organizations. 

Further details will be provided as the event approaches. 

This May 2020 Arts Leadership Book Club event is curated by Roxy Hornbeck, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership, Seattle University.

Get a Copy

Lemieux Library at Seattle University has one (1) electronic copy and two (2) hard copies available for check out.

eBook: online access limited to SU patrons

Print: forthcoming

The Arts Leadership Department has ten FREE (10) copies available. First come, first served. Contact Linnea Ingalls ( to request a copy.

Purchase it through your favorite online or local seller. Average price is $10. 

If you are not able to obtain a copy, please email Linnea Ingalls ( to obtain a scanned version of several key sections of the text.