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Badger Bioneers Reflection: Adrienne Maree Brown


Posted: 10:39AM December 1st, 2015 | Comments

On November 10th, Sustain Dane held the 2015 Badger Bioneers Conference. Attending the conference as a student facilitator, I had the opportunity to be a part of the day’s activities while also having the opportunity to practice my facilitating skills.

Although I wasn’t able to attend the entire conference, I enjoyed the first half of the day. One of the most compelling parts of the morning for me was the first distinguished speaker, Adrienne Maree Brown. Brown is a writer of what she calls Visionary Fiction, a genre that “pulls from real life experience, inequalities and movement building to create innovative ways of understanding the world around us, paint visions of new worlds that could be, and teach us new ways of interacting with one another” (octaviasbrood.com).  Her work helps imagine alternative ways to how we live now.  

I particularly connected with Adrienne’s ideas of collective change and how to practice it.  Adrienne says that collective change is something that “starts from the bottom up” and we have to each be willing to do our part to be effective.  It is important to implement collective change in all aspects of our life because “what we pay attention to grows”.  Adrienne suggested using “family as a frontline” for practicing discussions about change.  Most of us have relatives with different political views and perspectives, so simply practicing the discussion of change with them is a good way to get started. (And with the holiday season upon us, what better time to start practicing?)

Adrienne had many more great ideas and advice for people who are working to create a path towards a more just society. I encourage you all to check out her work at OctaviasBrood.com and take some time to practice your collective change conversations this season. 

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