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  • The Quality Commons
    "The Quality Commons: Changing Conversations in Health Care," formed in March 2010, includes health care organizations with a wide range of medical specialties as well as scholars with expertise in complexity science, mathematics, statistics, education, nursing, organizations and management, medical research, psychology, social networking and communications.


  • Starfish Leadership
    Plexus Institute is collaborating with Ori Brafman, author of The Starfish and the Spider, to produce highly interactive and experiential programs for leaders incorporating cutting edge ideas.


  • Social Network Visualization
    Networks are ubiquitous and research into the operation and structure of networks is exploding. In this domain of the website you will find resources that explore the dynamics and architecture of networks, the works of key network scholars, and insights into a wide variety of networks - from schools to insect colonies, the internet, and business organizations. You will also find examples of how network insights are being used to help create healthier communities and foster innovation.


  • Engagement Through Liberating Structures
    Liberating Structures [LS] are twenty-five (and growing) easy-to-learn, adaptable methods that make it quick and simple for groups of people of any size to radically change how they interact and work together, and thus how they address issues, solve problems and develop opportunities. These methods are easy to learn, spread quickly peer-to-peer, and require minimal coaching. Liberating Structures have received the same positive response in a wide range of cultural environments in Latin America, Europe and the US. Some of the methods will be very familiar to many practitioners - such as Open Space and Appreciative Interviews. Others, like Positive Deviance and TRIZ, may be new to you. View a Plexus Institute webinar by Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless hosted on ULiveandLearn.


  • Healthcare Acquired Infection Reduction
    The Plexus Institute PD MRSA Prevention Partnership involves collaboration among a network of hospitals, PD facilitators, Positive Deviance Initiative, CDC, and Delmarva Foundation/Maryland Patient Safety Center. The Partnership is committed to pioneering the use Positive Deviance in MRSA prevention. Here you will find resources on PD and MRSA along with stories about the efforts in hospitals to eliminate MRSA transmissions through the active and genuine engagement of staff.


  • Nursing & Complexity
    Nursing is one of the first professions to explore the implications of complexity science for practice, leadership and education. Here you will find resources on complexity and nursing developed by nursing scholars and leaders, research on complexity and quality, and stories about complexity-inspired action.


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