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Literacy, Complexity, and Community

Literacy, Complexity, and Community Jose L. Cruz and Mark Narkus Kramer will explore how community programs are a critical connector in the increasingly complex challenges of literacy for all. This conversation will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. This program is part of the Catalyzing Conversations & Webinars series offered at Plexus Institute. Jose Cruz is CEO of the San Diego Council on Literacy. The organization has a network of 30 affiliated literacy programs [...]

A Personal Journey to Complexity Thinking – Part 3

A Personal Journey to Complexity Thinking - Part 3 Over the past twenty years Plexus Institute has provided a network platform for members to share their work and ideas about how the understanding, application and learning from complexity science impacts organizations and people. A wide variety of projects, research, models and practitioners’ experiences have offered a way for the community to engage with and gain valuable knowledge for applying complexity thinking to our most pressing challenges. This is [...]

A Personal Journey to Complexity Thinking – Part 2

A Personal Journey to Complexity Thinking - Part 2 Over the past twenty years Plexus Institute has provided a network platform for members to share their work and ideas about how the understanding, application and learning from complexity science impacts organizations and people. A wide variety of projects, research, models and practitioners’ experiences have offered a way for the community to engage with and gain valuable knowledge for applying complexity thinking to our most pressing challenges. This is [...]

Casting a Wide Net

A Scoping Review of Complexity Science in Nursing One of the things that complexity theory has taught me, is the value of looking at complex systems from a variety of perspectives. The article reviewed here, A Scoping Review of Complexity Science in Nursing, online ahead of press in the June issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing, takes a very broad view of the use of complexity science in nursing literature and so naturally includes a variety of [...]

A Personal Journey to Complexity – Part 1

A Personal Journey to Complexity Thinking - Part 1 Over the past twenty years Plexus Institute has provided a network platform for members to share their work and ideas about how the understanding, application and learning from complexity science impacts organizations and people. A wide variety of projects, research, models and practitioners’ experiences have offered a way for the community to engage with and gain valuable knowledge for applying complexity thinking to our most pressing challenges. This is [...]

2020-07-13T13:23:31-04:00Healthcare, Nursing Science|

The Interdependence of Health, Climate, and Equality

The Interdependence of Health, Climate, and Equality When the first Earth Day event took place 50 years ago, no one was talking about climate change and the swine flu pandemic of 1918 was a distant memory.  Today, in the midst of a global health threat from a novel and poorly understood virus, we also face an increasing number of severe storms, floods, droughts, fires, and ecological disruptions that scientists have been predicting for years. Many scholars remind us [...]

The Hammer and The Dance:
The Case for Crushing the Coronavirus with Coercive Bureaucracy

The Hammer and The Dance Metaphors matter, especially in uncertain times, when the only way to frame a complex predicament is to use models from a familiar past. The title of this blog borrows from Tomas Pueyo’s excellent article and the picture that accompanies it is a mashup of one of my ecological images and it. When it comes to the coronavirus, war metaphors abound. British politicians summon the spirit of the Blitz, while Donald Trump describes himself [...]

It’s The Journey, Not the Destination

It’s The Journey, Not the Destination For more than five years now, I have been opening my classes, workshops, and presentations with “The Two Q’s.”  I ask folks “What are the two questions that every human being is trying to answer – consciously or otherwise – every moment we are alive?”  As I tell my audiences, their answers may not be the same as mine, and there is no right or wrong answer. In 1998, on a family [...]

Business and Organization Guidelines for Addressing the Cornoavirus

Business & Organization Guidelines for Addressing the Coronavirus How to Take Action Now The role of business and organizational leaders is to provide critical guidance and policies that balance the needs of employees, customers and the greater communities they work and live in. This is a guide for implementing immediate actions to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Taking appropriate action begins with understanding and supporting the scientific and best practice protocols for practicing healthy safety throughout an organization. [...]

2020-03-15T13:41:17-04:00Complexity Matters Posts|

Cities Can Weather Hotter Futures Through Adaptation and Resilience

Hotter Futures for Cities Escalates Plexus Institute's archives of Complexity Matters Posts offer valuable insights into the most pressing issues confronting our world and society. We will continue to link current knowledge, work and thinking in new posts, conversations, projects  emerging throughout the Network. During the first half of  2011,  Tornados devastated Joplin, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa Alabama. Deadly storms have smashed through Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, severe droughts have parched the Southwest, record wildfires burned in Texas, [...]

Nature’s Most Extreme Deadly Events Happening More Often

Die-offs Endanger Food Webs and Human Health Scientists examining the catastrophe unfolding in the path of Australia’s deadly bushfires may discover mass mortality events, terrifying phenomena in which vast numbers of a species die inexplicably in a very short period of time. A VOX story by Segal Samuel reports that Chris Dickman, a biodiversity expert at the University of Sydney, estimates more than one billion mammals, birds, reptiles, bats, frogs, and invertebrates have perished so far from flames [...]

Dangerous New Weather Systems

Clouds of Fire Generate Dangerous New Weather Systems The intense and boundless fires that have already devoured nearly 18 millions of acres of Australia are generating their own distinctive weather systems that spin off dangerous new storms and spread the inferno. Gigantic blazes are sending columns of smoke as high as 30 miles above the earth, according to the Australian government Bureau of Meteorology, triggering electrical storms, as well as dry lightening and high winds that spread burning embers [...]

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