How can a book change an individual and the world at the same time? Leafing through adrienne maree brown’s wildly influential book, Emergent Strategy, is a bit like having a conversation with the author herself: personal, irreverent, insightful, literary, dreamy, and practically-grounded, in balanced proportions. Since its publication in 2017, the book has become a staple in social justice and socially-minded art and design circles alike. Its insights into the importance of scale—from the microscopic to the global—inform the framework of D-O-T.
Emergent Strategy offers a range of tips and tools for how to approach social justice on the individual, collective, and planetary scales. This core attention to a “fractal” notion of liberation is a crucial one: a movement cannot provide true transformation unless the people who comprise it are also transformed.