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4/18/2013 to 4/23/2013
When: Thursday April 18 - Saturday April 20, 2013
Where: Silver Spring Civic Center
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring, Maryland  20910
United States
Contact: Susan Doherty

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Plexus ACTION 2013: Tales, Tools, and Tactics

April 18-20, 2013 - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring Civic Building

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ac·tion· ar·y [ak-shuhn- er-ee] adjective

1. given to or characterized by proactivity

2. a visionary who moves from idea to application

3. tendency to take on big challenges

This is a conference for people who want to take ideas off the white board and into the world.

  • Hear first hand TALES from the field about innovative approaches to solving big problems
  • Experience TOOLS fellow practitioners are using now
  • Design TACTICS for your own work you can take home and apply

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,

but what we need most is

the capability to act on it.”

- Unit Head, Government, Hong Kong SAR

from the IBM 2012 CEO study, Leading Through Connections

"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

Associate $295 Not a Plexus Associate? Become an Associate before you register to get this rate and save!
Non-Associate $425
Pre-Conference Workshop A $150 (concurrent - attend only one)
Pre-Conference Workshop B $150 (concurrent - attend only one)


1:00-5:30 Pre-Conference Workshops
7:30-9:00pm 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.

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!

9:00 – 4:30 Turn ideas into action that you can
takehome and apply immediately.

Pre-Conference Workshops - concurrent sessions - you may attend only one

Pre-Conference Workshop A: Ready, Set, Launch: Getting complex projects, initiatives, and movements off the ground with Lisa Kimball and Keith McCandless

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.

Methods Mash Up

Liberating Structures are frameworks that make it possible for people and organizations to create, do new things, be innovative. A new pattern language for engagement, this mash up of methods includesa wide range of designs for interaction at meetings, off-sites, community gatherings, and other events where it is important to invite everyone to participate fully. The processes are based on simple rule sets that make it easy for people to be generative together. Plexus 2013 participants will take away experience with some of these designs and the capacity to use them in their own work.

Emergent Conversations
Some of the best experiences at conferences emerge in real time! We invite participants to think about a question, issue, application or project they’d like to explore with colleagues. In sessions inspired by Open Space Technology there will be multiple opportunities to self-organize conversations about what’s most important to you right now.

"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

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