Plexus Institute
Working with Complexity in Real-World Systems

Plexus Institute is a Professional Network engaged in thinking, researching and working with colleagues and organizations to link “real life” experiences to the understanding, advancement and diffusion of ideas and practices rooted in the principles of complexity.

Accepting the implications of complexity in human systems means giving up the comfort of defined outcomes for the groups we work with. At Plexus we use a different perspective to develop and launch projects that change the status quo.

Applications & Practices

Plexus has a track record of successfully designing, developing and launching a number of applications, models and programs that continue to evolve through practice by Network members and Partners.

Plexus Project initiatives are organized around the emerging ideas, collaborations and member driven activities that explore and apply complexity thinking to challenges and opportunities in complex organizational systems.

Adaptive Positive Deviance

Adaptive Positive Deviance is a model for social change that enables communities and organizations to explore, discover and then integrate the “unlikely solutions and wisdom” that are already producing positive outcomes.

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Catalyzing Stories Project

Catalyzing Stories Project is the Network’s commitment to publishing stories that reflect an author’s unique experience, practice and management of addressing complexity in their own systems.

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Awarefulness is a new model for enhancing organizational engagements, innovations and project outcomes through three competencies – Complexity Thinking, Embodied Communication and Adaptive Practice.

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The Commons

The Commons initiative is developing an interdisciplinary approach for collectively evaluating, addressing and valuing 21st-century health and environmental challenges through an open source platform.

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Complex Change

Complex Change Management for leaders and teams are highly interactive and experiential programs incorporating new adaptive strategies for change and growth.

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Liberating Structures

Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn, adaptable methods for engagement. These powerful “mini-processes” quickly engage groups of people of any size to radically change how they interact, address issues, solve problems, develop opportunities. and work together.

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