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Plexus Fractals

What is a Plexus Fractal? Plexus Fractals are self-organizing groups of people who want to get together face-to-face periodically to learn about complexity and its applications, share experience and problems, and network with others with similar interests. On a regular basis someone in the Plexus Network will ask, "Why don't we reboot local Fractals?" [...]

2019-11-29T17:46:01-05:00Complexity Matters|

Stories in Action: Sharing Complexity Conversations

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 [...]

2019-10-20T18:30:24-04:00Complexity Matters|

Plexus Partners Catalyze “The DNA of Collaboration” In New #Tweetchat Event

JOIN Plexus Catalysts Bruce Waltuck and Denise Easton for a Saturday morning #Tweetchat with author/consultant/change leader Chris Jones on the dynamics of collaboration through a complexity perspective. Since 2012,Chris has led a group of OD practitioners in monthly discussions on complex challenges in organizations. With Plexus, #orgdna is continuing its exploration of sense-making in [...]

Plexus Network, Meet #orgdna

Plexus Network, Meet #orgdna Our ongoing conversation on complexity has new energy.  Plexus Institute has partnered with DNA of Collaboration founder Chris Jones and #orgdna community to expand conversations on social complexity.  #orgdna is a self-selecting community of #orgdev and #complexity thinkers exploring collaborative aspects of the organization since 2012. As we [...]

Creating and Distributing Value – Where to Begin?

The complex topic of "value" in human systems is the focus of Chris Lawer’s current work at Umio where he explores the difficult-to-grasp and oft-debated concept of value, with a particular focus on health and care (eco)systems. Chris begins with the main theories of value that have emerged over two millennia of debate, and the [...]

Researchers + Practitioners = Social Good

What Happens When Researchers and Practitioners Connect to Advance Social Good in a Complex World? Plexus Institute is all too familiar with the failure of  social policies because outdated linear approaches are used to manage disruptive, emergent processes. The result can lead to  institutional disarray  and failure with direct consequences on the lives of individuals [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

2018-09-21T16:14:43-04:00Complexity Matters|