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Who draws the boundaries of the “self” in self-organization? Is a spontaneous event not organized? Why are people suspicious about being organized? How can organizations combine their resources and avoid competition? And why is it so difficult to translate specific organizational forms from one context to another?
In this episode, Spadework talks with Rodrigo Nunes about the new grammar of organization he has developed in latest new book, Neither Vertical nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organization.
While Spadework typically focuses on highlighting organizational practices, this episode draws our attention to the conceptual realm of organization. Organization is always mediated through ideas, concepts and discourses about organization and the ways we think and talk about organization frames our actions and conditions our practices, which can either be conducive or inhibitive to greater organizational capacities.
This is an important terrain of struggle precisely because of the incredible organizational task facing humanity today: we have less than 10 years to bring carbon emissions down 45 percent according to 2010 levels in order to prevent existential catastrophe.
Rodrigo draws on two decades of political experience across continents and political projects in order to provide us with a renewed vocabulary to help us break through the conceptual barriers that have restrained social movements for so long. What he proposes is a framework that deprives us of the certainties we once enjoyed but at the same time provides us with a sobriety capable of meeting the task at hand.
For an excerpt of Rodrigo’s work and the climate conundrum, please see this article available at Viewpoint Magazine. Rodrigo provides further focus on the organizational problem posed by climate catastrophe here with Camille Barbagallo, Paolo Gerbaudo and Richard Seymour here.
Here, Rodrigo highlights the untenable binary between spontaneity and organization, in order to propose spontaneity as the emergence of organization. And here, Rodrigo provides an analysis of the emergence of parties within the context of the emergent 15M social movement in Spain.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2021/06/03/spadework-a-new-grammar-of-organization/