Catalyzing Stories: Reflections and Learning about Complexity in Organizations

Plexus Institute was built on the belief that sharing stories about how organizational leaders and complexity thinkers engage in and demonstrate practical applications of complexity in their work could help others across any field address complexity in their own systems. Plexus Network members came together in late 2018 to develop a project that focused on the complexity of organizational management through personal narratives that explored experiences, reflections and learning.

Over the following months five peer reviewed Catalyzing Stories were published. Several important outcomes emerged from this initiative:

  1. Sharing knowledge that reflects an author’s unique experience and practice of addressing complexity in their own projects and systems is valuable for introducing complexity to a broad audience.
  2. Informal conversations around topics of complexity are the “sand box” that anyone can play in and can lead to new collaborations, ideas and projects.
  3. Catalyzing Stories are as diverse as the audience that reads them, from short blog posts to peer-reviewed papers, cases and research, each piece offers new  opportunities for sharing, learning and engagement with complexity.

Recent Stories from Network Members