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Literacy, Complexity, and Community

Join Jose L. Cruz and Mark Narkus Kramer for a Plexus Catalyzing Conversation on literacy and community.

Jose Cruz is CEO of the San Diego Council on Literacy.  He has spent more than three decades organizing collaborative effort for literacy in California and nationally.  He is a board member and co-chair of Pro Literacy, an international nonprofit that helps adults read and write.  He is the host of the Council’s “Literacy for All Radio Show.”  In addition to the Council’s many community activities, it is helping the Molina Foundation distribute thousands of new books to children across  the U.S.  Cruz earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern California in 1979.  A former teacher, he recognized the resource gap between children who become skilled readers and children who don’t, and he believes that’s a problem that can be solved.

Marc Narkus Kramer worked for 30 years at the MITRE Corporation. Though his training was in engineering, the most challenging part of his work was collaborating  with many stakeholders and developing enough consensus to ensure that projects could be successfully deployed. Marc, without knowing the principles of complexity theory and management, instinctively began applying these to his work. He is now retired and is interested in learning more about what he instinctively used in his job. He is a former board member of Plexus Institute and is now a literacy volunteer.

Plexus Institute has applied principles of Adaptive Positive Deviance to large and small projects in fields that include healthcare, business and education. There is a continuing need to develop small experiments and support continuous actions taken in various communities that can be leveraged for scale.

Event Details

When: Wednesday July 15, 2020

Time: 1 PM ET– 2 PM  ET, 10 AM PT to 11 AM PT

Where: Virtual on Zoom : https://zoom.us/j/682805713

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