Please join Sideways Times for some dinner and discussion…
This is a space to talk about the politics and practice of building sustainable movements that build a different society — one which is not based on structures of white supremacism, ableism and capitalism — within a UK-context.
For the second month running we will be discussing Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, as there’s so much to explore in it!
THE BOOK: In the tradition of Octavia Butler, 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 teaches us to map, assess, and learn from the swirling structures 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 feminist and afro-futurist incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.
THE AUTHOR: adrienne maree brown is the author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good and co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is also a social justice facilitator, healer, doula, and pleasure activist living in Detroit.
ALTERNATIVES TO READING THE BOOK: If you don’t have access to a copy of the book or don’t have time to read it, here’s some other suggestions for you to pick from:
- Article: Three Lessons From Adrienne Maree Brown’s ‘Emergent Strategy’
- Podcast: How to Survive the End of the World – cohosted by adrienne maree brown
- Interview: ‘For the Wild’ podcast interview with adrienne maree brown
- Video: 5 minute excerpt from the book.
DISCUSSION: We’ll share what we found interesting and useful from the book or other materials and discuss if and how we might apply the ideas in our own lives.
Some questions to guide our discussion:
- In what spaces can this work be used and how?
- Is it possible for non-black people to take this work up without reinforcing anti-blackness?
- In what ways could the book be taken up by more mainstream/liberal politics and would this necessarily be a bad thing?
WHEN: Tuesday May 7th, 6.30pm-8.30pm
WHERE: Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Rd, N7 8RH
FOOD: There will be vegetarian food available, probably three-bean chilli (vegan).
TRANSPORT, ACCESSIBILITY, CHILDREN: The nearest Tube station is Caledonian Road (this is wheelchair accessible) and the nearest Overground station is Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (also wheelchair accessible), both about 5 minute walk away. Nearby buses include 153, 259, 17, and 91.
The venue is broadly wheelchair accessible; the toilets are not the best but you can use them with a wheelchair. The toilets will be gender neutral. There is no childcare provided but kids are welcome!
If you are unable to make it to the venue, but would like to join in remotely, please get in touch as we should be able to arrange this (e.g. via googlechat). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.