A hallmark of Plexus Institute for nearly 20 years has been the sharing of conversations focused on applied principles of complexity across the professional, scientific and academic fields. Through hundreds of PlexusCalls, anyone could listen to, learn from, and ask questions of leading thinkers, researchers, and practitioners working to influence and lead change in the most complex and challenging situations.

Today, this Plexus tradition continues with ComPlexus Podcasts.  We are in the process of recording the first series of what we hope will be the next generation of conversations that explore complexity thinking today. Our host is Plexus Board member and thinker/author/teacher/practitioner Bruce Waltuck.  Our first podcast, with Dick Knowles (author of “The Leadership Dance” and creator of the Process Enneagram(tm)) will be out soon.

On November 7th and 8th, 2019, Plexus will be attending the Complexity in Human Systems Symposium at KM World, where we are planning to record brief sessions with some of the remarkable group in attendance. Many of these thought leaders are Plexus Institute colleagues and participants in past PlexusCalls and projects.

We look forward, as always, to engaging with you, learning about your interests, sharing and building understanding together, and exploring the possibility space of insights from the study and real life experience of how complexity works in human systems.


Kevin Dooley, Professor, Arizona State University and Chief Research Officer, The Sustainability Consortium

Sonja Blignaut, Networks & Partnerships, Cognitive Edge

Glenda Eoyang, Executive Director, Human Systems Dynamics Institute

Alicia Juarrero, Founder and President, VectorAnalytica, Inc. and Author, Dynamics in Action: Intentional Behavior as a Complex System

Patrick Lambe, Principal Consultant, Straits Knowledge, Singapore

Benyamin Lichtenstein, College of Management, U-Mass Boston

Michael Lissack, President, American Society for Cybernetics and Executive Director Emeritus, the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence; Professor of Design and Innovation at Tongji University, Shanghai

Martin Reynolds, Senior Lecturer in Systems Thinking, Open University

Euan Semple, Director, Conference Chair, & Author, Euan Semple Ltd

Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Tom Stewart, Executive Director, National Center for the Middle Market, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

Mary Uhl-Bien, BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Management, Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University

This day-and-a -half symposium, a joint production of the Cynefin Centre for Organizational Complexity, Information Today, Inc. and Dysart & Jones Associates, brings together some of the leading academics, thinkers, and practitioners in the field of complexity to discuss a range of topics that include the following:

  • How can government and industry more effectively navigate the multiple uncertainties of a hyper-connected world?
  • What insights does complexity science give to the development of doctrine and strategy?
  • How does complexity transform our understanding of design and innovation from the linear processes of design thinking to something dynamic and radically creative?
  • What are the models of leadership appropriate for conditions of growing uncertainty?
  • What are the implications for individual development, agency, and organization growth that arise from complexity and cognitive science?
  • What is the role of art in human intelligence? Aesthetics and semiotics can have a profound impact on organizational change.
  • What are new ways of ensuring impact that avoid the gaming and misdirection of KPIs?

For information and registration details about the Complexity Symposium, click here:  http://www.kmworld.com/Conference/2019/Complexity.aspx