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Human systems have relied on patriarchy as an organizational construct. If we release or are forced to release authority how do we maintain enough structure and resiliency to support our most established systems’ changes in a generative and iterative process versus in a disruptive and extreme way? One of the biggest hurdles to understanding why patriarchy is so hard to influence is because most people are still looking for an authority to re-establish the “coherence and structures” that keep things moving smoothly. Increased engagements, knowledge and empowerment can only move the change process so far before it demands new “authority” to take over.

As anti-patriarchy movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter are creating the conditions for powerful new structures and relations to emerge in the systems in which they exist, how does Plexus take a lead in developing newer models and options for understanding and practicing adaptive change?

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. What we do know are as follows:

  • 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 and
  • 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 part of the purpose of Plexus is to hold the history of this journey in stories we are creating.

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