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Thank you to everyone that attended Plexus CHANGE 2012! Watch this space for presentations from the conference.

Catalyst

Ori Brafman - The Starfish and the Spider (link)

Rod Collins - The Dinner That Changed the World (pdf), Nov 2010 PlexusCall

June Delano - Change, History and Metaphors of Organization (pdf) 

Deb Johnson - Designing Change (pdf)

Scott Kelso - A Both/And Kind of Dialogue (pdf)

Tom Petzinger - Plexus Advisor (link)

Judah Pollack - Designing Change Part 1 | Part 2 (pdf)

Birute Regine - Iron Butterflies (link)

PechaKucha

Alissa Schwartz - Solid Fire Consulting (link)

Keith McCandless - The Structure of Liberation (pdf)

Michelle Poche Flaherty - Six Sources of Influence (prezi link)

Peter Tuddenham - Decisions, Decisions (pdf)

Stephanie Sharma - Physician Leadership: Learning & Intention (pdf)

Maryann Durland and Diann Cashell - The Story of Complexity (pdf)

Denise Easton and Bruce Waltuck - FLUXed (pdf)

Martha Holmes - Uncertainty (pdf) 

Ron Smith - A Recent Trip Across the Pacific: Two Airports, Two Frequencies, One Reality Sought (pdf)

Open Space

Open Space topics and notes (pdf)

Open Space Principles (pdf)

Zentangle images (pdf)

Visual Notes

Amanda Lyons shares her Plexus 2012 visual notes and other thoughts on her blog - thank you!

The Space Painter 

Coffee Filters & Complexity (pdf) - Tom Sparough, The Space Painter

 

 

Plexus CHANGE 2012: Patterns, Processes & Possibilities
March 16-18, 2012 - Silver Spring, MD

Silver Spring Regional Services Center

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!

  • Explore Patterns associated with complex change.
  • Experience Processes that enable groups to radically change how they interact and work together.
  • Discover Possibilities for new strategies to transform and leverage complex problems and opportunities.

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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.

IBM’s 2010 study, Capitalizing on Complexity(pdf), reports that dealing with complexity was the number one challenge facing leaders."In our past three global CEO studies, CEOs consistently said that coping with change was their most pressing challenge. In 2010, our conversations identified a new primary challenge: complexity. CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. Many shared the view that incremental changes are no longer sufficient in a world that is operating in fundamentally different ways.”


Schedule

FRIDAY
12:30 registration
1:00-5:30 Thinking about Change
How do we understand change? How does the human brain process complex ideas?
How do layers of changes over time affect culture?
5:30-7:30 Dinner Break
7:30-9:00pm Change at the Edge
Learn about new products, new ideas and new ways of thinking in a series of Pecha Kucha
sessions from entrepreneurs and innovators.

SATURDAY
9:00 – 12:00 Designing and Leading Change
What are the implications for Leaders working in complex systems in a changing environment?
What might Design Thinking contribute to working on change in complex systems?
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 – 4:30 Change Approaches and Applications
Emergent breakout sessions on topics including mapping social networks, evaluating complex initiatives,
innovative approaches to quality improvement, change methodologies, and case examples.
4:30 -5:30 Challenges of Change
What are the enablers and obstacles to change?
5:30 – 7:30 Dinner Break
7:30-9:00 Space Painting with Patterns, Processes and Possibilities
Juggler and storyteller Tom Sparough is known as the Space Painter. In a combination presentation and hands-on experience, Tom will lead us through a tangible exploration of the three Ps. Mixing metaphor and analogy, we will examine our lives as we play with what we juggle and balance. Humorous, colorful and refreshing, expect to sift through the fun for your take-away gems.

SUNDAY
9:00 – 12:00 Next Steps for Change
Possibilities for change: in different domains (healthcare, education, community development, etc); for entrepreneurship and innovation; for organization and leadership development. Application and Action Planning: Using what we’ve learned about change.
1:30 – 5:00 Post-Conference Healthcare Workshop
Several alternative models for framing and supporting interdisciplinary practice will be presented. Experience and practice innovative methods for facilitating collaborative conversations among diverse professionals. Facilitated by Jane Mahoney, Director of Nursing Practice & Research at The Menninger Clinic and Dan Pesut, Professor of Nursing at Indiana University.


Post-Conference Healthcare Workshop on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
WHO (2010) defines Interprofessional collaborative practice: "When multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care”

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 1:30-5pm - DoubleTree by Hilton Washington/Silver Spring

Select "plus healthcare" when you register for the conference

Healthcare practice is increasingly understood as a complex system of relationships that are key to the safe, high quality, accessible patient-centered care we need and want. In this workshop, we’ll explore how the complexity of these relationships impacts treatment planning and clinical decision-making. Several alternative models for framing and supporting interdisciplinary practice will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to experience and practice innovative methods for facilitating collaborative conversations among diverse professionals.

The workshop will be facilitated by Jane Mahoney, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC and Dan Pesut, PhD, APRN, BC FAAN. Jane is the director of Nursing Practice & Research at The Menninger Clinic. Her research has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Professional Nursing and Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. In addition to her position at Menninger, she is assistant professor at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Nursing. She is board certified as a clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing, an advanced nurse practitioner—clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry and mental health and a registered nurse licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing. She has received many professional and academic honors including membership in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Dan is a professor of nursing at the Indiana University School of Nursing. He has more than 30 years experience in nursing practice, education, administration and research. He is board certified as an advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurse. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


Methods Mash Up

Open Space
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 2012 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.

Conference within a Conference

Members of Plexus Institute’s learning networks for Health Quality, Organization Change and Nursing & Complexity will have opportunities to spend time together to connect, share, and learn.


Evening Programs

PechaKucha draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat." It rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery, lounge, bar, club, creative kitchen SuperDeluxe in February 2003 Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organise PechaKucha Night Tokyo. Plexus Associate Alissa Schwartz will host the evening. As Principal of Solid Fire Consulting, she designs and provides facilitation, team-building, and evaluation services in the context of staff development, strategic planning, and program evaluation. Alissa also teaches graduate-level courses in program evaluation, research methods, and management. She is an active member of New York City’s Art of Participatory Leadership Community, and facilitates meetings and retreats using participatory methods, including Open Space, World Café, and embodiment/theater work. Interested in being a PechaKucha presenter? Read more.

 

Space Painting with Patterns, Processes and Possibilities

Juggler and storyteller Tom Sparough is known as The Space Painter. In a combination presentation and hands-on experience, Tom will lead us through a tangible exploration of the three Ps. Mixing metaphor and analogy, we will examine our lives as we play with what we juggle and balance. Humorous, colorful and refreshing, expect to sift through the fun for your take-away gems. Geralyn Sparough will engage participants in a conference weaving and other informal sessions.

Mr. Sparough is an inspirational speaker and facilitator specializing in the use of metaphor. He is a master storyteller and juggler and uses these skills to animate his work. He has been a keynote speaker for dozens of events including the National Resource and Referral Conference, the National Probation and Parole Officers Conference, and the California Teen Conference. Holding a master’s degree in psychology, he has been a mentor for youth in Cincinnati for the last five years. He created and implemented, along with his wife, a weekend retreat process to strengthen families and marriages. Using Appreciative Inquiry he founded a block safety awareness group in his neighborhood. He is a keen listener and reporter, holding a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is co-founder of Creative Retreat.

Ms. Sparough is an organizational facilitator and fabric artist. A former university administrator turned elementary school handwork teacher, she taught knitting, crochet, felting and other fiber arts for 15 years for first to eighth grades. Chairing the faculty governing body of her school using the consensus model, she was instrumental in creating the faculty handbook, and the school’s mediation process. Holding a Masters degree in counseling she helped champion a social inclusion process at her school. She is the co-owner of Creative Retreat. She is a Usui Reiki master, avid reader, and traveler.

 

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