If Only We had Paid Attention!

Octavia Tried To Tell Us.

Thirty years ago, the late Afrofuturist writer Octavia E. Butler wrote novels and short stories that warned of what could happen to the earth if we stayed on our current path.  And here we are.  Octavia’s books also offered an alternative vision of leadership, community and survival.  She believed we could build a new world.

In “Octavia Tried To Tell Us,” Afrofuturist writer Tananarive Due and Religion professor Monica A. Coleman chat with today’s leading creatives and thought-leaders about how we can address the most pressing issues of our day with as much creativity as possible

A monthly webinar talking about how Octavia Butler teaches us about change, prophecy, survival strategies, spirituality, creativity, community, leadership, activism, politics and education. We are world-making together

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This Month

Our guest this month is Sis Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs. She is a Queer Black Troublemaker and Black Feminist Love Evangelist and an aspirational cousin to all sentient beings. Her work in this lifetime is to facilitate infinite, unstoppable ancestral love in practice. Alexis is co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, M Archive: After the End of the World, Dub: Finding Ceremony and numerous articles and essays. Alexis’s work has inspired artists across form to create dance works, installation work, paintings, processionals, divination practices, operas, quilts and more.

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The Shaping Change Community is a collection of projects, events and activities that explore how Octavia Butler’s vision helps us create survival strategies, creative inspiration, and tools for building community in our diverse and fractured world. This project seeks to share the powerful ways people are re-imagining their communities in response to global community crises, economic and ecological instability, and racial injustice.