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Discussion Group: Emergent Strategy

Tickets Required

Saturday, Apr 6

2:00 PM–3:00 PM


The artists in our current exhibitions offer alternate visions for the future. Kimberly Compton uses adrienne marie brown’s book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds in her teaching and has selected the Fractals chapter as a jumping off point for this conversation. We’ll discuss in brown’s words, how “what we practice at the small level sets the patterns for the whole system.”

Headshot: Kimberly Compton, PhD Candidate, VCU School of Social Work

Kimberly Compton, MSW, is a PhD candidate in VCU’s School of Social Work. Compton teaches skills in problem solving, program building, and community organizing around social issues, which is informed by her research in Environmental Justice and experience as an Executive Director of a refugee-focused non-profit. For Compton, Emergent Strategy has had a profound impact on her work, offering the tools to create a new way of being where people can dream bigger and do better.