|Plexus ACTION 2013|
Plexus ACTION 2013: Tales, Tools, and Tactics
April 18-20, 2013 - Silver Spring, MD
Thank you Plexus Community!
Listen to the Plexus ACTION 2013 song co-created by conference attendees and Michael Gold of Jazz Impact.
Graphic Recording images (pdf)
Amanda Lyons is also blogging her experience with her conference sketch notes.
Catalyst presentations in pptx format (will add as available)
The Simplicity Beyond Complexity PechaKucha video from Bill Smith
ac·tion· ar·y [ak-shuhn- er-ee] adjective
This is a conference for people who want to take ideas off the white board and into the world.
Join us for lively interactions in a mash up of modes including Liberating Structures, Open Space, PechaKucha, and TEDTalk-style catalyzing input for our conversations. Join a diverse community of thinkers, practitioners, educators, leaders, learners, researchers, change agents and idea junkies for three days of interaction, conversation, and fun!
Plexus Institute has created a rich social network of people and organizations intrigued with how insights from the new science of complexity might apply to a wide range of challenges. This conference is an opportunity to bring current and new members of that community together to learn from each other, try out different ways of thinking, make new connections, hear from leading thinkers, and play with new ideas.
"Of course we need better information and insight,
- Unit Head, Government, Hong Kong SAR
"From beginning to end, the Plexus conference was a mind bender. And fun too! I loved how it reminded me never to overlook how many different perspectives there are, and it helped me figure out how to better put them all to work on "wicked" challenges. In philanthropy, folks can spend a lot of time in their heads. It was great to learn new ways to use all our senses for creative solution-making. Plus, the crazy mix of people who attend are just flat out cool." - Paula Ellis, Knight Foundation
THURSDAY, APRIL 18
1:00-5:30 Pre-Conference Workshops
7:00-9:00pm Conference Opening with Michael Gold of Jazz Impact
Connectivity and innovation through the experience
of jazz. Michael Gold’s Jazz Impact brings live
music and interactive engagement to Plexus 2013.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
9:00 – 5:30 A day full of lively interactions using
Liberating Structures, Open Space, and catalyst talks.
7:30-9:00 Evening program - PechaKucha!
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
9:00 – 4:30 Turn ideas into action that you can
take home and apply immediately.
Pre-Conference Workshop A: Ready, Set, Launch: Getting complex projects, initiatives, and movements off the ground with Lisa Kimball
Pre-Conference Workshop B: Practical Management of Complex, Unpredictable Work: How to make positive deviance the simple norm versus a heroic action with Jeff Cohn and John Kenagy. Led by two physicians, this workshop will have applicability for groups working in both healthcare and non-healthcare fields. Participants will acquire skills that will immediately impact on group and individual performance and interactions, in support of organizational goals.
"I traveled from South Africa to attend Plexus 2012. An unknown event, in an unknown city. I met people who have become part of my world, and are shaping my world-view. Their generosity and their hospitality are unrivaled. If something about Plexus has caught your eye, find a way to say "yes." It will bring a lot that is new and powerful into your world." - Craig Yeatman, South Africa
Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is professor of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health and Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park. One of the nation's leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS. He is principal investigator of the Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, funded by the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is also principal investigator, with Dr. Sandra Quinn, of the NIH National Bioethics Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers awarded in 2009.
Andrew Bennett is an inspirational magician. According to Andrew, we all yearn to create something – a great organization or team, a strong family, a book, a new product or innovation, a service. To do that, to be a creative force, you need to understand…A few core magic principles and the illusions that get in your way. This is what The Magic of Andrew Bennett is all about. Through a mix of powerful stories, humor and magic, Andrew Bennett inspires individuals and organizations to be a creative force. Andrew shows you how to make magic – how to make what you want appear, what you don't disappear, and how to transform what gets in the way. He's a unique combination of experience and skill. Andrew is a former corporate executive who started his career as Ross Perot's personal assistant. Eight years later he led a $65 million business in Australia. He has Over 20 years as a leadership and organizational culture consultant and executive coach around the world. He has been a Magician for over 40 years. Member of The Magic Circle, the oldest and most prestigious society of magicians in the world.
Plexus PresidentJeff Cohn, MD, MHCM, connected with Plexus in 2006 when he led the Positive Deviance/MRSA Infection work as Chief Quality Officer at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Jeff subsequently worked as part of the Plexus team supporting change in several other institutions working on reducing healthcare-associated infections. In 2011, Jeff joined the Plexus Board of Trustees and in January 2012 became Board Chair. In 2005 he earned a masters degree in health care management, a program designed for physician leaders, from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was a practicing hematologist/oncologist, and for a time was involved in clinical research, representing community oncologists in the development of new clinical trials for patients with lymphoma. At Einstein, Jeff became the first Chief Quality Officer for the network. During his tenure in that position, Einstein won two successive awards for quality from the Premier healthcare alliance, a network of over 2,500 hospitals in the US. He created and implemented the hospital’s palliative care program and continues to have a passion for enhancing the quality of care at the end of life. He led Einstein’s early work in implementing CUSP, the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program. He learned the model working under Peter Pronovost, MD, medical director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, and got Einstein involved in the CUSP learning network started by Johns Hopkins.
Lisa Kimball, Plexus Chair of Learning Programs, is an actionary known for her ability to help organizations tackle complex challenges by changing the conversation about problems and potential solutions. She has worked for more than 30 years with clients including government agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to design and facilitate organizational change and development efforts involving diverse stakeholders. Lisa pioneered the development and application of