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Deep Dive: A Tulane Leadership Series

Spring 2021: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown

The Tulane community is invited to participate in Deep Dive: A Tulane Leadership Learning Series. With two distinct learning opportunities - Read & Engage and/or Listen & Learn— take a deep dive into leadership concepts and practices. Tulane faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to join in one or both of the Deep Dive experiences.

Register for Book Club!

Read & Engage: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown

Registration is Open! Tulane students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to register as participants of the Spring 2021 Deep Dive: Read & Engage. Each registrant will: receive a copy of the book, join three book club discussions, and participate in a seminar with distinguished scholar and author of Emergent Strategy, adrienne maree brown.

The book club will meet the following below dates during the Spring semester. Distribution of the book will occur before our first gathering, pick up will be available in the Student Organization Center, located in the Garden level of the Lavin-Bernick Center. We will gather to introduce the book Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, to discuss and apply the first, second, and third parts of the selected reading!

  • Wednesday, April 7th, 12pm – 1pm Discussion of Emergent Strategy
  • Wednesday, April 21st, 12pm – 1pm Discussion of Emergent Strategy & Seminar Reflections


Listen & Learn: An Open Community-Wide Keynote with adrienne maree brown

Everyone is Welcome! All Tulane community members are invited to join us for an open leadership lecture with scholar and author adrienne maree brown.

  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, a talk by adrienne maree brown
  • Thursday, April 15, 6pm – 7:00pm, on Zoom Webinar

Funded through the Millie and Alan Bradley Leadership Gift, Co-sponsored by Division of Student Affairs, Office of New Student & Leadership Programs, Newcomb-Tulane College, Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and The Well for Health Promotion. 

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Reviews of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds 
Sourced 1/19/21 from Amazon

“It is the end of the world as we know it, thanks to a lot of reasons. Now is the time to gird ourselves for the fight for a new world. Right now I can't think of better girding than Emergent Strategy.” —Detroit Metro Times

“Emergent Strategy is an examination of where our movements have been and an offering of a framework for resistance that is rooted in the miracles of nature, decentralized, collective leadership, and personal, relational, organizational, and movement-wide transformation. Brown not only inspires me to resist, but to do in the most beautiful, joyful, creative, sustainable, collective and effective ways.” Andrea, J. Ritchie, author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

“It was a revelation to discover Adrienne Maree Brown’s Emergent Strategy. She is matter of-fact about the coming destruction we face—of our environment, of our resources, of our governments. Her philosophy, based on Octavia Butler’s guiding philosophy of the Earthseed books, is that God Is Change. Rather than run from it or resist it, we should embrace it, look to what the plants, animals, and genomes can teach us about adapting to survive and to thrive.” —BuzzFeed

"If your survival kit has room for a book, you’d better reserve that space for Emergent Strategy. ... brown’s book is a revelation. It is a manual for facing the most urgent crises of our time—environmental collapse, late capitalism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy—without drowning in the enormity of the task." —Public Books

“Emergent Strategy is a lyrical, explorative, non-linear journey ... It’s a book for people interested in radical social change, who are willing to think expansively about what the future could look like, or are in need of help doing that kind of thinking ... This is what is so appealing about brown’s work—she is almost hopelessly optimistic. She refuses to give in to cynicism or despair, and this ability to dream wildly is part of why she can maintain such openness toward the idea of a better future.” —Colorlines

“Adrienne leads us on a passionate, purposeful, intimate ride into this Universe where relationships spawn new possibilities. Her years of dedication to facilitating change by partnering with life invite us to also join with life to create the changes so desperately needed now.” —Margaret Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science

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

“Adrienne has challenged me, enlightened me and reminded me that transformation happens in our natural world every day and we can borrow from it strategies to transform ourselves, our organizations, and our society.” —Denise Perry, Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD)

“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

“Drawing on sources as varied as poetry, science fiction, forests, ancestors, and a desired future, Emergent Strategy speaks with ease about what is hard and brings us into that ease without losing its way. Savor and enjoy!” —Elissa Perry, Management Assistance Group