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June 2018

Authority’s BIG Shift

June 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

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

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August 2018

Widening the Circles Around Healthcare

August 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Plexus Network members have deep roots in the broad field of healthcare — from seeking new insights into the delivery of healthcare, to developing effective practices to reduce infections, the topic of healthcare benefits from the rigor and creativity of complexity thinking. Catalyst Mike Taylor is launching a Project Circle for Healthcare, called “The Commons” where 21st-century health challenges can be evaluated and addressed through the practice of complexity thinking — breaking free of constraints inherent in traditional disciplines and professions. This initiative has the potential to engage large groups of people in a self-organized process that would improve global

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Shifting the Patterns of Discord

August 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Plexus Catalyst, Nancy Dixon, like many others, has been troubled by the level of disrespect in our public conversations. Nancy's work at Common Knowledge Associates focuses on the people side of knowledge management and fostering conversation as the most effective knowledge sharing tool. "The words we choose, the questions we ask, and the metaphors we use to explain ourselves, are what determine our success in creating new knowledge, as well as sharing that knowledge with each other." Nancy will share her recent association with Better Angels,an organization that is trying to do something about shifting the patterns of discord in our

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September 2018

FOOD for THOUGHT, THOUGHTS for FOOD

September 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

FOOD for THOUGHT, THOUGHTS for FOOD Join Cat Lyons, RN and culinary nutrition coach for a conversation on the complexity of our relationship to food. Every individual’s relationship with food is unique. Wait, relationship to food? Yes! You have one, I have one, we ALL have one - and like most relationships, it’s complex. There are many factors, opinions and emotions that influence what we eat and why we eat it: taste, money, time, convenience, nutrition, heritage, family, politics, agribusiness, the food industry, advertising, politics, etc. The most obvious factor of all - yet possibly the least considered by most

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October 2018

Complex Conversations with Human Current

October 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Register for Pop-Up Now Angie Cross and Haley Campbell-Gross, founders of Human Current, are committed to bringing new and important conversations about complexity to a global audience. In this Pop-Up Conversation the Plexus Network is invited to engage in a generative dialogue on why understanding complex systems is where making sense of the world begins.  Bring your insights and  perspectives about complexity thinking and find out why Angie and Haley are passionate about why complexity science and system thinking matters...or should matter to everyone. The  Human Current Podcast has become a "must listen to" for complexity & systems thinkers from all

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Mind Games

October 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Register for Pop-Up Now Join professor and author John Horgan and Plexus Catalyst Mike Taylor as they explore their experiences learning and working in the area of the mind-body connection. In an informal conversation, they will recount their journey understanding consciousness with all of the twists, turns, and blind alleys. All topics are likely to be touched on from physics and quantum mechanics to neurobiology and even psychedelics and the paranormal. Come away with a better appreciation for the breadth of the field and why it is one of the hottest topics in science today. Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00 –

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Authentic Presence, Horse Whispering and Embodied Listening

October 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Register for Pop-Up Now To deeply respect (a person, animal, plant, place, thing or...) is to be open to letting them change your mind - which therefore changes who you are. Thursday October 25, 2018 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/168584337 Join Jackie Stevenson, founder and CEO of Spirit of Leadership Services  for a Pop-Up conversation on her unique approaches to leadership, coaching and team building.  The coaching process is grounded in well-accepted practices and focuses on a systems, strength-based approach of what’s working and what needs to change.  As an executive coach, she is a champion of authenticity and character and

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December 2018

Social Innovation & Complexity Thinking

December 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Register for Pop-Up Now Complexity Thinking and Social Innovation have become important partners when global challenges are recognized as "wicked problems" that benefit from complexity informed "solutions."  Join Dr Sharon Zivkovic, Co-chair of the ISIRC Social Innovation and Complexity Stream who is reaching out to the Plexus Network for papers and participation  for the 2019 International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC). This will be the third year in a row that ISIRC has included a complexity stream that focuses on the role of complexity theory for social innovation. The theme for the 2019 ISIRC conference ‘Social Innovation: Local Solutions to Global Challenges,

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January 2019

Creating a Common Coin: Blockchain and Smart Contracts

January 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Register for Pop-Up Now This conversation is part of The Commons Project’s open design and feedback activities.  You can view the project’s previously recorded conversations on Youtube. Facilitators for this conversation are Mike Taylor and Bob Heath

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Creating a Common Virtual World

January 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Register for Pop-Up Now This conversation is part of The Commons Project’s open design and feedback activities.  You can view the project’s previously recorded conversations on Youtube. Facilitators for this conversation are Mike Taylor and Barb Siegel

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