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2018 Facilitation Availability Message

For 2018, adrienne maree brown is focusing on three things:

1. Black liberation!
adrienne is continuing to prioritize the work of black-led and focused groups that are oriented toward transformation and revolution. She prioritizes work with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, the Movement for Black Lives, Black Lives Matter Global Network, BYP100 and more. Facilitation work for groups that are not black-led helps subsidize this underfunded work.

2. Detroit is the Mecca of Emergent Strategy! If you are interested in receiving an emergent strategy training, or having your group move through an emergent strategy facilitated process, come to Detroit! We will connect you with local caterers, lodging and meeting space, and adrienne will provide training/facilitation. learn more about this at Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute.

3. Writing, Podcast and Pleasure Activism! adrienne is finishing an anthology on pleasure activism, and writing a column for Bitch magazine on pleasure. She is also finishing a novel on grief in Detroit, working on a sci fi and social justice reader on Ursula Le Guin, and writing this blog. Finally, adrienne is generating a podcast called How to Survive the End of the World, with Autumn Brown and Zack Rosen.

If you are seeking a facilitator and your need doesn’t clearly overlap with one of these three work areas, please consider asking one of the facilitators on this list (link coming soon) to support you.

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bio and information on adrienne’s work

adrienne maree brown is:
a writer
a sci-fi/Octavia Butler scholar
an organizational healer
a pleasure activist
a facilitator
a life/love/relationship/work coach
a network weaver
a speaker/singer (including wedding singer) and
a doula
living in Detroit.

You can potentially book her to do these things with you. Contact bookings@alliedmedia.org with booking requests. Please include as much information around dates/timeline, location, honorarium/rates, and travel as you are aware of in the initial request. Read what others have to say about her work.

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Brief Bio

adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit.

Bio

adrienne maree brown is a writer. She attended the Clarion Sci Fi Writers Workshop and the Hedgebrook Writers Residency in 2015, and Voices of Our Nation in 2014 as part of the inaugural Speculative Fiction Workshop. She was a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a 2013 and 2015 Knights Arts Challenge winner, writing and generating science fiction in and about Detroit. She was the Ursula Le Guin Feminist Sci Fi Fellow, and a Sundance/Time Warner 2016 Artist Grant Recipient.

adrienne is the author of the radical self/planet help book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds published by AK Press in 2017. She is also the co-editor of the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements with Walidah Imarisha, published by AK Press in 2015. She has helped to cultivate work and thinking about Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy, gathering a loose knit network of people interested in reading Octavia’s work from a political and strategic framework.

In terms of writing, adrienne blogs regularly on this site, writes the Pleasure Dome column at Bitch magazine, and is a contributing editor for YES! magazine.

adrienne was the facilitator of the founding year of the Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA), supporting Detroiters to shift the narratives of the city towards justice and liberation. DNA just announced it’s 2016 Cohort.

adrienne is in Somatics Teacher Training to deepen her healing, doula and facilitation work. She is part of the Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity team, at the intersection of political education, community organizing, somatics and black love.

She facilitates the internal healing and visionary development of organizations throughout the movement (most recently BYP100, Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter. She has also worked with Building Equity and Alignment for Impact Initiative, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Chorus Foundation, Correctional Association of NY, Young Women United, Positive Women’s Network, Black Mesa Water Coalition, INCITE!, the Young Women’s Empowerment Project in Chicago, New Orleans Parents Organizing Network, ColorofChange.org and Detroit Summer).

adrienne was a co-facilitator for the Detroit Food Justice Task Force, facilitator for Detroit Future, and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, as well as part of the faculty for the Center for Whole Communities. She partnered with Engage to facilitate a year-long Community of Practice on Networks and Decentralizing Leadership, 2011-2012.

adrienne was the executive director of The Ruckus Society from 2006-2010, and sat on their board through 2012. She was also a National Co-Coordinator for the 2010 US Social Forum.

adrienne is on The Ruckus Society board, and is proud to have spent time on social justice organization boards including Allied Media Projects, Third Wave Foundation, and Common Fire, as well as many others.

A co-founder of the League of Pissed Off/Young Voters and graduate of the Somatics and Social Justice Cohort, Somatics and Trauma year-long, Rockwood’s Art of Leadership year-long training, and Robert Gass’s Art of Change year-long training, adrienne is obsessed with learning and developing models for action, community strength, movement building and transformation.

Email bookings at alliedmedia dot org to book adrienne as a writer, facilitator, singer, speaker, coach, or doula. Rates are negotiated based on the work needed.

Writing

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adrienne is writing Detroit-based science fiction. Her science fiction writing path is grounded in the belief that we must train ourselves to ‘imagine a new possible’ into being, building compelling futures that makes us want to survive. Her science fiction writing is based in years of science fiction scholarship – reading science/visionary/speculative fiction and applying lessons and comparisons to political situations in the current world.

adrienne regularly contributes to this blog and is available for freelance writing, interviewing movement and arts innovators, and engaging other interested writers through writing workshops and writing/sharing circles.

Samples:

There Is No Justice For Aiyana, on the violent police killing of Aiyana Jones, 7-year old Detroit youth
Rainbow Warrior: Dramatizing the Death of Environmentalism doesn’t help urban people of color, or anyone else, for Grist magazine
By Any Means Necessary, for YES magazine
Michael Jackson: Who’s Loving You?, for Colorlines Magazine
Calling Activists to a Higher Standard, for Wiretap Magazine

Published in:

Cicada Magazine, pg 36 the river (reprint), and pg 43 Writer’s Manifesto: An Interview

Apex Magazine, the river (reprint)

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, pg 23 the river, and pg 279 outro

Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, pg 217 enclaves

The Dear Sister Anthology: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence, pg 198 (Awakening)

How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office: the anti-politics unboring guide to power, pg 18 (I Hate Politics: Confessions of a Pleasure Activist)

We Got Issues: A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life, pg 39 (Smokin’ an L with Jesus)

Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism, pg 218 (To the Next Generation of Peacemakers)

Dreaming in Public: Building the Occupy Movement, pg 79 (from liberty plaza, and let it breathe)

A Detroit Anthology, pg 115 still of it

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Emergent Facilitation and Organizational Development/Healing, Coaching

adrienne maree brown will work with your group (network, organization, collective, business, self) to support the emergence of your vision, purpose, relationships, structure, goals, and best possible work process. This can include creating systems for every aspect of your organizational work.

This can happen through one-on-one or group coaching, a day or weekend-long facilitation, or an extended process with a group over months.

adrienne’s work is to highlight the deep, foundational patterns that are keeping you (as an individual or a group) from knowing what to do, and/or how to do it.

This also includes work around cultural dynamics within organizations (race, gender, ability, sexuality, age, and more!), conflict resolution and accountability methods.

If you and/or your group would like to learn facilitation skills, you can book Adrienne to develop and lead a facilitation training (usually 1-3 days).

On a one-on-one level adrienne can support you in self-transformation, healing and life change work, bringing order to your life systems, or going through life changes in relationship, family, or work. She can hold space for you to find the right next steps to take, and unearth the root causes of struggle and transformation in your life.

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Speaking/Singing

Speaking Topics include (but are not limited to):
– Science Fiction and Organizing
– Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy
– Pleasure Activism
– Media Justice and Media-Based Economies
– Economies based on relationships (Moving Beyond Capitalism)
– Transformation (personal, organizational, movement-wide)
– After Oppositional Politics
– Environmental Justice (Ecological and Economic Justice)
– Arts and Organizing
– Social Forum Processes and Importance

adrienne maree brown on the Keynote Panel of New Economy Coalition’s Annual Gathering, “Intersecting Worlds: The One We’ve Got, The One We’re Building, The Ones We Imagine”

adrienne often sings during speaking engagements, covers or original songs.

Song & Dance in Honor of Grace Lee Boggs’ 95th from US Social Forum on Vimeo.

Here’s a freedom song adrienne heard, wrote and shared, inspired by #blacklivesmatter:

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Doula

I am at the beginning of my path as a doula after having received the call many times. If you are in a process of childbirth, or having to go through an abortion process, and want support in the form of an advocate, friend, listener, assistant – someone who believes you can do this – then call on me.

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here is a write-up of my approach as a radical doula.

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Booking

Email bookings at alliedmedia dot org to book adrienne as a facilitator, singer, speaker, writer or doula. Rates will be negotiated based on the work needed.

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Testimonials and Additional Media

adrienne maree brown on Democracy Now:

adrienne maree brown on The Conversation with Tavis Smiley and Cornell West

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“I have experienced adrienne brown as one of the best facilitators I know and I know quite a few! She manages to organize agendas, facilitate meetings, take notes at meetings and keep everyone focused, on task and able to complete the work on time. Meetings led by her are inclusive not only of work to be done but of participants’ well being.

“adrienne is very creative and adds or invites right brain pieces, rituals and movement to balance meeting content and attend to the whole person. She is able to show and share her sensitivity not only to the individuals in the group but also to the overall sense and ‘feeling’ of what is happening in the meeting, and addresses these appropriately and invites others to deal with issues, conflict in a manner that helps all and moves the work forward. She has a sense of humor and generously shares her professional skills in a very personable manner.”
– Gloria Rivera, Great Lakes Bioneers, Detroit Food Justice Task Force member

“I’m passionate about facilitation, it allows us to create better ways of being-with, to actually begin to live in the world we are trying to build. adrienne maree is one of the best facilitators I know, I often flatter myself by calling her my “work soul-mate.” She has an intuitive understanding for what it takes to “hold-space,” she is bold and courageous, witty and brilliant, honest, transparent and rich with soul. I think that people like Adrienne hold the key to a better future for us all, that they can facilitate our journey home – I am glad to be her conspirator and her friend, I’m looking forward to a lifetime of being in movement with her.”
– Gibran Rivera, Interactive Institute for Social Change

“Our organization worked with adrienne to help us launch a national network of HIV-positive women, the US Positive Women’s Network (PWN). The goal of the PWN is to increase the strategic power of HIV-positive women in impacting policies that impact their lives. adrienne assisted our team in planning the visioning meeting to most effectively use the allotted time and come out of the launch with a clear plan and path forward. Her facilitation and planning skills are phenomenal. She is a strategic thinker who values inclusion and creativity. She has an amazing ability to think on her feet and shift gears when the group process requires it. It was clear that adrienne was committed to working her heart out to help us succeed in the movement to strengthen the voices of positive women. One of the things I appreciate most about adrienne is her ability to connect with a very wide range of people and life experiences to help move them forward together with a shared vision and purpose. We are stronger in our movement having had Adrienne work with us.”
– Maura Riordan, WORLD

“I thank adrienne for her vigilance and dedication. Today is historic, affirming and a tribute to the work of American citizens who want a different future for our nation. I am proud to know adrienne and the many young people who work to craft a new vision for country and claimed this nation as their own. I am in your debt.”
– Claudine Brown, Cummings Foundation

“We have worked with adrienne over the course of the past 4 years or so and in that time she has been an advisor, a facilitator, a rabble-rouser, and a much needed reminder of laughter and music. Whenever we host a gathering of any size, we are always hopeful that adrienne may be able to help us. adrienne’s ability to quickly assess the needs of a group and strategically gear a conversation in the right direction, all while having fun and making everyone feel heard is remarkable. She can be loving and thoughtful while also challenging us to live up to our core values.”
– Kavitha Rao, Common Fire

“adrienne is an amazing person in general and is a fabulous facilitator. She’s very comfortable with herself and with groups, she has an expansive toolkit of different practices to draw on, and she is used to working with a diverse range of groups — bringing love and real presence to all of them. We didn’t do much prep work with her — she was able to jump right in and adapt quickly as the group shifted and its needs changed, and she was able to help ground the group and really hold it as we faced some challenging situations. Wonderful!!!”
– Jeff Golden, Common Fire

“adrienne has an extraordinary way of creating powerful containers in time and space for people to identify their big – and sometimes previously hidden – passions and visions for social change. In our time together as a small group of 20, adrienne invited our summit participants to use creative means of expression, like slam poetry, performance, and music, to articulate their commitments to being the change they want to see in the world. And, participants walked out deeply committed to supporting both each other, and our organization’s strategic growth and impact.”
– Sharon Smith, Brower Youth Alumni Network

“It always makes me feel grateful to read transcendent writing like adrienne’s, something that calls you higher. I happen to also be reading a biography of Gandhi and gaining something of an understanding about him for the first time. adrienne’s writing certainly reminds me of his principles, which he routinely stuck to in the most surprising circumstances.”
– Sam Dorman, League of Young Voters

“I can’t tell you how awesome and inspiring it was to be in a social justice space that truly centered artists and our contributions to the movement instead of putting us on the fringe, which has often been the case in my experience. Thank you for your commitment to centering art as a tool for education, liberation, and building.”
– Ms. Cherry, Mangos with Chili

“I hope I can be a part of something adrienne is facilitating again. The recommendations that she brought and the processes we worked on together were just what we needed to help us get back to work!”
– Billie Hickey, Undoing Racism in Detroit’s Food System

20 thoughts on “Book Me”

  1. Greetings,

    I’m with The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (https://grassrootsfund.org/), working to support grassroots community groups in their environmental and social justice work.

    We are currently planning for our fall Fall RootSkills Training (https://grassrootsfund.org/tools/workshops) for Nov in New Bedford, MA. We are hoping to invite you to speak as our keynote.

    I’m hoping to provide some preliminary details here, and set up a time to talk more in depth about our mission and intent, depending on availability and interest.

    – RootSkills Training – Nov 15/16 (date not nailed down yet), New Bedford, MA
    – Compensation: $3,000 speaking stipend; travel paid for
    – Our planning committee (20+ grassroots organizers, grantees, community members & staff) final decisions on candidates (and all programming aspects)

    I appreciate you consideration and look forward to connecting!

    Best,
    Tess

  2. Hello Adrienne –
    I have just been given a new position within the Charter for Compassion, heading up their Global Read Program. I just spent some time on your website after seeing that you have a new book coming out (Pleasure Activism) that seems to be a wonderful fit for our program. I am currently working on putting together a slate of authors/books for our upcoming series of Global Reads. I pre-ordered your book as well as ordering ‘Emergent Strategy’.
    The Charter for Compassion is both a document and an organization. We are in 54 countries and have a huge audience. It would be wonderful to promote your work. Of course, I’d like to read your books once they arrive. If you’re interested, please contact me. In the meantime, here are a few links to provide you with more information about the Charter, our Global Read Program, and how to become a Partner of the Charter: http://www.charterforcompassion.org
    https://charterforcompassion.org/the-global-read
    https://charterforcompassion.org/charter-for-compassion-partner-application
    Here’s my phone number (920) 378-3999 – I’m in Appleton, WI
    I look forward to hearing from you and reading more of your work.
    By the way – I read your MJ article – I was a big fan – gave me goosies!

  3. Hi!

    My name is Tara Aquino (@t_akino / tp-aquino.tumblr.com) and I’m a writer for ILY Mag (https://ilymag.com/). I’m a huge believer in your work and would be honored to have the opportunity to interview you for ILY. Pleasure Activism, your incorporation of tarot in your work, and everything you stand for has been so fascinating and eye-opening for me that I’d love to share your work with our readers.

    Not sure where you are, but I’m based in Los Angeles and would love to speak in person. If not, a quick phone interview would be incredible as well.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    All the best,

    Tara

  4. Hi adrienne, I’m reading Emergent Strategy and wow! Are you available July 16-19, 2020 for a gathering of Sisters of Earth on Earth Democracy, food web, diversity-interiority-community, New Cosmology, and emerging themes? We would love to talk about how to integrate your work, for example the Detroit Food Justice Task Force, with our walk-about the local food web and environmental (in) justice scene. We absolutely LOVE how you learn from nature every step of the way. PS we are mostly white elders who follow Thomas Berry’s work and intend to increase our age and racial and ethnic diversity mix, doing our homework. We are working on a new website specific to this 2020 event. Hope to hear back from you soon. Keep those words and all that love flowing, you are amazing!

  5. 5 Elements Ceremony happening 10/20-10/28 Cairo, Egypt inside the inner chamber of the Temple of Giza – It is in alignment to share the information with you.

    If it is within your capacity or desire, please reach out and I will provide the details.

    Your wisdom and gifts are acknowledged and appreciated. ???

  6. Hi Adrienne

    My name is Maanee- I’m a holistic psychotherapist focusing on the shadow as well as a dance therapist & sexuality educator. I am the co-founder of AMANEcurated a platform hosting retreats with leaders in the fields of human development & consciousness & the founder of Embodied education.earth offering retreats & trainings for women in feminine embodiment.

    Myself and Blaire Lindsay l are creating a 2-day online summit on The shadow side of the feminine.

    We are inspired to offer a holistic perspective of the shadow by interviewing a variety of men and women specialising in their fields of expertise. –

    The concept of the shadow in this summit is the suppressed, rejected & denied parts of oneself related to the feminine.

    This is BOTH light and darker shades of the unconscious. For instance : the suppression of our full potential & light as well as the suppression/ rejection of the ‘darker” qualities.

    We would like to unpack and explore this by inquiring into the shadow within the body, nutrition, fitness, somatics, psychology, sexuality, spirituality, emotions, non duality, beauty & the fashion industry, gender, social, cultural & religious programming & conditioning and much more.

    We LOVE your work and what you offer and would like to invite you to attend as a speaker on the summit and share you’re wisdom to our audience.

    It would require 1 hour of your time to do a 30-45 minute online interview with either me or Blaire.

    You would also be able to promote any offerings you currently have and create exposure to a wide range of women all over the world.

    Our request would be to promote the summit at least twice- Once in the next month and before the summit begins in early Feb 2020.

    Sharing in 1 post & story on your social media platforms & in 1 news letter with the landing page we will provide for sign ups to the summit.

    If you’re interested in being apart of this please let me know and we can speak further about details and book a time for the interview. We could do it between now and January in person if you’re in Bali at anytime in those months or online

  7. Hi Adrienne! My name is Josie (pronouns, they/them/theirs) and I am currently reading your works, both Pleasure Activism and Emergent Strategies. I am currently a student at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, and I would like to express my gratitude for your writings and ideas. Your writing has spawned so much hope in my heart, and has opened my eyes to ideas I may not have ever entertained if it were not for you. Because I value these books, and all of the brilliant ideas they encompass, I would like to present you with a single critique. In each of these books you are always so open to new ideas, which is why I am even bothering to help you acknowledge this idea in the first place. In your book, Pleasure Activism, there is a section highlighting Favianna Rodriguez’s art, which portrays the idea of “Pussy Power”. All that I wanted to say was, be mindful of the idea of pussy power. For our trans brothers and sisters, this idea perpetuates harmful restrictions of what being a woman means. Not all women have pussies, and not all people with pussies look at it as an essential component of their gender.

    I hope that I didn’t cross any boundaries here, and by no means am I attempting to step on anyone’s toes. I also realize that the book is already published, and distributed, so there’s no going back at this point. Maybe you will disagree even, which is okay! Maybe you already know all of this too, so I apologize if these are words you have already heard.

    Thank you for all that you do. I look up to you and value your teachings. I hope all is well, and that life has been kind to you as of recent.

    Peace and love,
    Josie

  8. AMB,

    This is a bit of a love letter to you because it seems that this is the best place to leave you gratitude.

    I was first introduced to your work through attending the Allied Media Conference. From there Emergent Strategy became a big part of our community and work at the Kheprw Institute in Indianapolis. I then became hooked on you and your sister’s podcast, and it has played a big role in helping me stay more deeply connected with friends that live all over the world. It provides such rich material, and it’s helped generate some beautiful discussions over the past few years.

    I recently immigrated to New Zealand. The move was necessary but that didn’t make it any less difficult to leave our deeply beloved community in Indianapolis. Though they speak English here, EVERYTHING in NZ feels foreign. One notable thing is that none of the libraries or book stores in Wellington carry anything written by Octavia Butler. I’m still in shock by this and cannot figure out why the library keeps denying my requests. It’s like a foundation is missing. Books are very expensive here and Amazon Prime isn’t a thing, so it’ll be a while until we can finish reading her entire catalogue.

    Fortunately, I was invited into a group message titled ” The World’s Babliest Babing Babathon with Extra Babes.” They had already started a book club before I joined and they chose to read Pleasure Activism! This means that folks had to special order your book, pay a heap of international shipping fees, and wait 4-6 weeks to read it. I was floored that somehow, with extremely limited access to the books/authors/teachers work of which I was familiar, this group of babes found and were reading your work! It felt like a sort of homecoming, knowing the truth I had grown up with in Indianapolis is the same truth that exists here on a tiny island at the edge of the world. Fortunately, my partner had already ordered me your book as a very early Christmas present. The book discussion is happening in a few weeks, and I’m looking forward to dissecting the truth in Pleasure Activism with my new found babes.

    You mentioned on Twitter earlier this week that happiness doesn’t come easy to you, which is what prompted me to write this letter. I hope that in the more difficult times, you can remember that there is a group of babes in the South Pacific that adore you and are putting your work into practice. I also hope you remember how much joy and liberation you bring to this Hoosier girl that now associates your work with a sense of home and community all over the world.

    All of the Gratitude and LOVE
    Sukie

    PS If you are ever planning a visit to NZ, please let this babe know!

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