Thinking about Complexity in organizations, big and small, is how the Plexus Network is addressing real-world challenges.

Accepting the implications of complexity means giving up the comfort of defined outcomes for the groups we work with, even though definitive solutions were never possible in complex adaptive systems. We continue to focus on the understanding, advancement and diffusion of ideas and practices rooted in the principles of complexity.

What we do know:

  • Change is the only constant
  • Our actions and choices really do make a difference in the short and long term
  • Our individual welfare is dependent on the welfare of others in the system
  • The purpose of answers to our questions is to generate better questions

These are the complex challenges and opportunities that deserve the insights of  Plexus “Thinkers” who are well positioned to engage with the plethora of models, theories, and still emerging thoughts about complexity science and human systems.

Making this rich harvest of human thinking, innovation and sense making widely accessible is part of our way-finding journey. An important role of the Plexus Network is to hold the history of this journey in stories we are creating.

Is Your Mind Playing Games?

Why are family reunions and holiday gatherings so often prone to free-floating angst, irrational episodes and inexplicable outbursts? Such eruptions may have origins that are utterly obscure or only dimly remembered, but complexity science can help us make sense of them. In his extraordinary book The Developing Mind, How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are, psychiatrist and scholar Daniel J. Siegel talks about the family not only as a complex system, but as a supersystem, composed of clusters of smaller complex systems made up of the relationships and interactions of individual family members. As if that

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Witness a Self Organizing System at Pebble Ledge Ranch

A zebra chasing bubbles, a pony drumming, horses helping people heal, leaders listening from within, a herd running free – just another day at Pebble Ledge Ranch. Meet Toby, grazing in the field. If you look closely, you’ll see Holly, the zebra, in the background of the photo above!  The herd at Pebble Ledge Ranch shifts and changes with the cycle of the moment, the cycle of life, the cycle of nature.  These horses are not kept to ride and live as naturally as possible at the Ranch, interacting with each other and humans – knowing their role in the

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“The Commons Project” Moving Toward a Feasibility Study

Over the past several months, Plexus Catalyst Mike Taylor engaged a diverse network of individuals, institutions and groups representing four continents and a variety of professional talents to support further development of our newest project “The Commons.” The next step is to create the strategy for a feasibility study which will seek funding and the launch of a pilot. By engaging large groups of people in a self-organized process, The Commons platform will allow participants to see the direct impact of individual and collective choices on local and global health ecosystems/environments by leveraging digital interaction and open engagement. The Commons Projecthas reached out to professionals from the social, environmental,

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Parrots Think Like….

Scientists keep discovering important traits in animals that were once considered exclusively human.  So when you hear references to bird brains, think about how our behavioral connection to parrots offers insights into addressing large scale social and environmental issues. A New York Times story by Natalie Angier reports researchers who study parrots report these birds rival great apes and dolphins in intellect and resourcefulness, and may be the only creatures, other than humans, capable of dancing to a beat.  Parrots  belong to the avian order Psittaciformes, which has 360 species including  parakeets, macaws and cockatoos. Dr. Irene Pepperberg, the  Harvard animal

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