Plexus Institute is all about helping people solve intractable problems in their organizations and communities. Our theory of action emphasizes finding new solutions to engage everyone in new conversations – at all levels, in all roles, and in some cases from both inside and outside the organization.
Adaptive Change: Plexus Institute works with organizations and teams to design, facilitate, and assess projects focused on cultural and behavioral change. We help build internal capacity to use innovative methodologies such as Positive Deviance and Design Research to engage everyone in finding new solutions to intractable problems. We often work with organizations that have introduced a bundle, checklist or set of critical new practices and need to deal with barriers to sustained implementation.
Research: Plexus Institute designs, leads and participates in research projects to explore new approaches to quality improvement, organizational change, and system development. We have experience incorporating a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods and using creative strategies to capture and document the stories that provide rich details to develop understanding.
Education and Training: Plexus Institute creates and implements learning programs and curriculum for leaders, community members, and others with an interest in how ideas about complex change and innovation apply to their work and challenges. We draw on our network of scientists and practitioners to identify the latest insights about key concepts from the framework of complexity science such as diffusion of innovation, taking ideas to scale, and self-organization. We pride ourselves on making powerful theory accessible and useful for immediate application.
Changing the Conversation: Our core theory of action to create the conditions for change by engaging everyone in new conversations – at all levels, in all roles, and in some cases from both inside and outside the organization. Plexus Institute creates high engagement, multi-stakeholder events for organizations and communities using liberating structures – easy-to-learn, adaptable methods for engagement that make it quick and simple for groups of people of any size to radically change how they interact and work together.