A Healing Fix From the Eclipse?

Geography, psychology and history suggest the total solar eclipse August 21, in addition to offering rare fascination for astronomers and sky watchers, could also provide opportunity for national healing in a time of partisan discord, science writer David Baron says. Baron, who is an eclipse fanatic himself, wrote the book “American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race To Catch The Shadow Of The Moon And Win The Glory Of The World.”It’s a fascinating story of the total eclipse of 1878,

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Improvisation: The Most Complex Human Ability?

What goes on in the brains of jazz musicians at work? “When Melody Takes a Detour, the Science Begins,” a New York Times story by Pam Belluck, captures the thoughts of musicians and scholars who are looking at the importance of music in human development, cognition and communication. One of the ways music touches us, apparently, is by its tonal and rhythmic patterns. We like familiar and predictable patterns, but we also like a certain amount

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Biology & Education Out of Sync for Teens

‘Their Body Clocks are in Some Time Zone West of Us’ When children enter puberty, their circadian rhythms change, which means early school start times maybe turning many of them into sleep-deprived zombies prone to moodiness and sub-par academic performance. As long schools start when kids need to be asleep, says sleep researcher Mary Carskadon, teenagers on average may be consigned to “social jet lag” in which the timing of life is not the timing

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It’s Only Weird the first Time: How Curiosity and Courage Expand Possibility!

During the week, Dr. Michelle Carnes is a public health anthropologist in American Indian and LGBTQ youth suicide prevention, cultural preservation and restoration.  On weekends, she eats fire. And escapes rope ties. And swallows swords. Michelle Carnes’ evolution to professional sideshow stuntress is rooted in her own resolve to conquer fear. At first, it’s hard to get past the fear, she said. “When the fire is coming at your face, a part of you says

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The “Weaving” of a Network

Plexus 2017  sets the conditions for  Pop-up Networks where new ideas can lead to longer term actions.  Join us to see how it happens. Monday May 7th begins with a long time Plexus Catalyst, June Holley. June has been weaving economic and community networks for more than 25 years. In 1981 she discovered complexity science and became intrigued with the process of transformation. How could communities change in ways that would make them good places for everyone?

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Vision and Emotion are Tools for Creation

At Plexus 2017, the visual, the intellectual, the creative and the practical are all part of turning Ideas into Action with Barb Siegel and other Catalysts! Join us to see how it happens. Connecting individual and collective experiences during Plexus 2017 demands more than traditional graphic recording.  Visual Practitioner Barb Siegel of Look2listen.com will co-create an experience that allows participants to “see their feelings.”  Barb understands how Vision and Emotion are intertwined and will help

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Turn Ideas into Action with Breakthrough Thinking!

Experience the Breakthrough of turning Ideas into Action with Judah Pollack and other Catalysts! Join us to see how it happens. Erik Weihenmayer, who is totally blind, belongs to an elite group of mountain climbers who have scaled the “seven summits,” the tallest peaks on all seven continents, including Mount Everest in Napal and Mount Vinson in Antarctica. Weihenmayer learned to “see,” with his tongue, using a device called BrainPort, In effect, his brain was rewired

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Surprising Insights from Improv!

Plexus 2017 opens on Sunday May 7, 2017 at 7pm with an evening of Improv with Rich Battaglia. There’s nothing like “acting it out” to discover the hidden truth, the disconcertingly obvious, and the spark for creative breakthroughs.  Join us to see how it happens. Rich Battaglia was introduced to Improv in 1983, attending classes at National Improv Theatre (NIT)  NYC. He was hooked from the  first demonstration of The Art of Improv. He attended

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What is Adaptive Positive Deviance?

Adaptive Positive Deviance is a powerful way to make big improvements through small (and maybe a few large) changes.  For over a decade,  Plexus Institute has helped guide organizations and communities to see, understand and address the “sticky” and complex issues hampering success. Plexus’s work emphasizes practical methods and practices that are based on principles of complexity to disrupt the status quo and find solutions. Adaptive Positive Deviance (APD) The  Adaptive Positive Deviance framework is

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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

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