Why Does Complexity Matter?

When the solutions to complex problems transcend traditional questions and answers!

Plexus Institute was founded with the purpose to address real-world challenges through the understanding, advancement and diffusion of ideas and practices rooted in the principles of complexity. The original mission chosen by the founders of Plexus Institute was inspired by the rapid pace of complex systems science and the slow pace of converting those discoveries into practical applications. By remaining dedicated to fostering profound and positive impact through the application of complexity science.

Fostering the health of individuals, families, communities, organizations and our natural environment by helping people use concepts emerging from the new science of complexity.

Complexity underlies some of society’s most pressing issues. Although an absolute definition of complexity remains elusive, the term is generally used to characterize the outcomes that emerges from a collection of objects or people that interact with each other in various ways within the same system.  It is the continuous influences of the collective activities of all of the system –not a single central authority — that create complexity.  A classic example is a flock of birds; the birds move as one collective body, yet no single bird is directing the flight behavior.

Complex systems are  everywhere and are only limited in scope and size; cells, people, robots, economies, ecosystems, social networks, diseases, etc. –all are complex systems and impact our lives in small and monumental ways.