Prefiguration means bringing some of the future we are fighting for into the now we are embodying, be it in the way we organise, relate to each other, or conceptualise our relation to the environment. Luke Yates defines prefiguration as the “construction of alternative or utopian social relations in the present” that “express the political ‘ends’ [...] through ‘means’” and “create experimental or ‘alternative’ social arrangements or institutions.”1 Inspired by fractals, and the way they repeat patterns across scales, adrienne maree brown proposes to “[...] see our own lives and work and relationships as the front line, a first place we can practise justice, liberation, and alignment with each other and the planet.”2 If we see our institutions as representations, as fractals of bigger systems, implementing change at a local level is paramount for understanding how to affect change on a bigger scale.

1 Yates, Luke. “Rethinking Prefiguration: Alternatives, Micropolitics and Goals in Social Movements.” Social Movement Studies, 14:1, 1-21, 2015, DOI:10.1080/14742837.2013.870883.
2 brown, adrienne maree. Emergent Strategy. AK Press, 2017.