Fractal Fields and Self Organization:These Commons Aren’t Tragic

Water Temples Sustain Intricate Systems Balinese farmers who maintain their ancient terraced rice fields and self organized networks of villagers cooperating in an intricate system of irrigation and shared decisions achieve rare successes. Without central planning, their planting practices create fractal patterns of growing that promote resilience and optimal harvests. The collective water systems are known as subaks, which are made up of forest that protect the water supply, the terraced landscape and rice fields

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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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Take Ideas off the White Board and into the World

Plexus Conferences are for people who want to take ideas off the white board and into the world. Sharing first hand TALES from the field about innovative approaches to solving big problems Experiencing TOOLS fellow practitioners are using now Designing TACTICS for your own work you can take home and apply When you attend the Plexus 2017 Conference, you will be an important part of the lively interactions and Catalyst Conversations including Liberating Structures, Open

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Creating a Visual Narrative -The Botanical Tyranny Parlor

LOOK VERY CLOSELY. MY WORK IS BEAUTIFUL AND UGLY. People are often attracted to the aesthetics of an image or object that stimulates desire. Decorative objects are collected and exhibited in the home as status symbols of affluence and refinement. My work engages the viewer with its seemingly innocent decorative delight; yet upon closer examination the work challenges and questions our attraction by revealing darker truths. I explore the hidden cost inherent in most of

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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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