Thinking about complexity in organizations, big and small, is how Plexus is addressing real-world challenges — focusing on the understanding, advancement and diffusion of ideas and practices rooted in the principles of complexity.
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.
At pivotal moments throughout history, technological innovation triggers massive social and cultural transformation. Apparently unrelated developments, which had been gradually unfolding for years, suddenly converge to create changes that are as disruptive as they are creative. We are currently living in a moment of extraordinary complexity when systems and structures that have long organized life are changing at an unprecedented rate. Such rapid and pervasive change creates the need to develop new ways of understanding the world and of interpreting our experience. Mark C. Taylor, The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture