Summary: PlexusCalls are designed to let you listen in to unrehearsed, spontaneous conversations among leading complexity scholars and practitioners from the comfort of your home or workplace.
Physicist Bruce West and colleague Kira Hutchinson discuss ides and research presented ,in Bruce's new book Network of Echoes,
When people who work in organizations help create the design and structures that align with organizational purpose and values, the result can be centers of creative energy that are also productive and enjoyable places to work. Bernard Mohr, who notes design is a verb and a noun, is co-author of a new book, Co-Creating Humane and Innovative Organizations. His colleague Donald de Guerre, who believes workplace environments impact society at large, wrote the book’s chapter “Open System Theory and the Two-Stage Model of Adaptive Action.” De Guerre writes that treating workers as cogs in a big impersonal machine begins a process that “over time creates a dissociated superficial society in which fewer and fewer people vote and we are vulnerable to a new kind of feudalism.”
Dr. Peter Jones is a professor at OCAD University in Toronto where he also leads the Strategic Innovation Lab. Karl Schroeder is one of Canada's most popular science fiction writers. They discuss insights for looking into the future.
Denise Easton and Lawrence Solow discuss their book, Complexity Works! Influencing Pattern-Based Change in Teams and Organizations. They introduce the Complexity Space Framework, which helps people understand and respond to change. 11-11-16
John Sewell and :Liz Rykert have helped refugees settle in Canada and now are part of a citizen group supporting a Syrian family who fled Aleppo. Lisa Kimball and colleagues in the Washington DC area are welcoming a family from Afghanistan.
Dr. Gittell and Dr. Hornstrup will discuss Dr. Gittell's newest book, Transforming Relationships for High Performance: The Power of Relational Coordination. They will discuss research and analysis of relational coordination processes in several industries and organizations. 9-23-16
Veterinarians Kate Hurley and Julie Levy founded the Million Cat Challenge to save the lives of cats, reduce feral feline populations. Veterinarian Kathy Keil joins the discussion of starting new initiatives, complexity, and diffusion of new practices. 8-26-16
People who work together always evolve ways of doing things—the culture of their organization or community—that express their own needs, values, habits and patterns of relating. Patterns of how people relate can be attractors that hold certain behaviors in place, sometimes helpfully and sometimes not. Liz Rykert and Cllaire Mallette know how to bring about the shifts needed to create change. Liz Rykert is the President of Meta Strategies, a company she founded in 1997. It is a Toronto-based strategy group working in complex organizational change and digital technology. The consulting and technological services delivered encompass: change work, including innovation, large system transformation, coaching and facilitation; web work including strategy, online community, website design and programming; and network strategy, development, visualization and analysis. Liz is also an associate with Ignite Consulting Services at University Health Network. She practices high-energy engagement methods such as Liberating Structures. She practices Developmental Evaluation on the often uncertain and emergent projects she works on to monitor progress and impact. She is a graduate from Ryerson’s Social Work program. Claire Mallette is an associate professor and former director at the School of Nursing at York University, Toronto, Canada. She holds a BS in Nursing (BScN) from McGill University, and her MS (MScN) and PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto. Her career is diverse with roles in academia, administration, research and clinical practice in the provinces of Quebec, Alberta and Ontario. She has held leadership roles in Ontario such as the Director of the School of Nursing, York University, Director of Nursing Education at University Health Network Hospital and the Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Professional Practice at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. In her academic career, she has taught nursing in Quebec, Alberta and Ontario.
Joel Hodroff and Dan Pesut. Joel is the Founder and President of Minnesota- based DualCurrency Systems www.DualCurrency.com and an authority on the use of noncash incentives for commercial and economic development applications. Novel uses of the dual currency system include employee incentives for meeting company CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) benchmarks, volunteer and eco-sustainability incentives and incentives for youth to stay in school, get better grades and graduate. Joel has pioneered the concept of Sustainable Prosperity through Money Innovation, a strategy to marshal new economic resources without tax funding, higher debt or waiting for money to trickle down. Daniel Pesut, PhD, is professor of Nursing Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit and Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership and holds the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Throughout his 38 year career as a nurse he has held positions in both academic and public sectors serving in a variety of roles that include staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing services, academic department chair, and associate dean. He values and supports creativity and innovation and is dedicated to the development of next generation nursing leaders through his coaching and consulting practice. He served as a Trustee of the Plexus Institute from 2005-2010 and was the Chair of the Plexus Institute Board of Trustees from 2011-2012. Dr. Pesut served as President (2003-2005) of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
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