Emergent Strategy

LGBTQ+ Health Initiative’s Anti-racism Listening & Learning Series

What is Emergent Strategy? Emergent Strategy is a humble philosophy, a way to acknowledge the real power of change and be in the right relationship to it. It intends to deepen relationships and build trust and political alignment. Emergent strategy practices strengthen imagination and the capacity to think beyond the limitations of socialization – beyond completion, beyond binaries, and beyond linear short-term outcomes. Below is a snapshot of the chapters we will cover:

  • Principles of Emergent Strategy
  • Elements of emergent strategy
  • Fractals: the relationship between small and large
  • Intentional Adaptation: how we change
  • Interdependence and Decentralization: who we are and how we share
  • Nonlinear and interactive: the pace and pathways of change
  • Resilience: how we recover and transform
  • Creating more possibilities: how we move towards life
  • Assess yourself: your emergent strategy journal
  • Spells and Practices for emergent strategy
  • Tools for emergent strategy facilitation

Open to all staff of all Network and LGBT HHS Initiative organizations. Participants must attend at least 3 of the 5 sessions to encourage rich dialogue and exchange.

The Emergent Strategy Series’ five sessions will be held via Zoom every Friday starting June 30th and ending July 28th from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. This will be an interactive space with activities and discussions. Registration has closed for this offering, but keep an eye out for a future Emergent Strategy Series!

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Sessions will be held on Fridays from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. The dates are 06/30, 07/07, 07/14, 07/21, and 07/28.

Free books are available at registration.

The syllabus was sent to participants after registration. Instructions for each session can also be found in the calendar events.

Lolan Buhain Sevilla is holding a piece of paper that reads Fight like hell for the living.

Lolan Buhain Sevilla (they/them) is a cultural worker & organizer who strives to root their work in community, study and practice. They have spent the last decade cultivating an expertise in cross-sectoral nonprofit administration, specializing in crisis management, program strategy, and board development that is grounded in an anti-oppressive framework, and trauma informed lens. Lolan currently works as the Senior Manager of Leadership Development Programs at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Audre Lorde Project. A member of the National Writers Union (Local 1981), they have numerous publishing credits, including the recently co-authored “Individual Struggle, Widespread Injustice: Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Peoples’ Experiences of Systematic Employment Discrimination.

Olajiwon McCadney is smiling at the camera.

Olajiwon McCadney (he/they) is the Chair for Diversity Studies & the Executive Director for Intercultural Student Success & Strategic Partnerships at HACC, Pennsylvania Community Colleges. Additionally, McCadney is a board member for the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) as well as serves as a facilitator for the national team with the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego. Lastly, McCadney holds an MSEd in Organizational Leadership & Performance Technology from the College at Potsdam, State University of New York as well as certification in Professional Coaching and is a current doctoral candidate at Northeastern University.

Carolina Kroon is smiling at the camera.

Carolina Kroon (she/her) is a visual producer, educator and activist who collaborates with organizations and individuals working towards social justice. For more than two decades she has assisted in representing communities, conspiring with many of the countries’ most effective publications and non-profits. She has facilitated and taught visual literacy and production with many people ranging in age from 8-80 in both community and academic settings. Her organizing has been focused within the LGBTQ and Women’s communities. She is a fluent Spanish speaker.