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We live in two worlds, one created by nature, the other built by humans. In the first, nature displays its infinite ability to create organization at all levels, from crystals to plants to living organisms, and its amazing capacity to innovate and adapt, demonstrated through the 3.5 billion years of its history. In the human world, many organizations and systems we have created - such as in healthcare, education, business and government - feel rigid, inefficient, and incapable of delivering what we want. Inside those organizations, whether private or public, many people at all levels remain dissatisfied with their working environment, and contribute well below their potential. The standard solutions treat only the symptoms of the problem: change the boss, spend more money, introduce a new program, reorganize.

One of the central aims of Plexus Institute is to connect and support people who believe that advancements in complexity science offer an important opportunity to improve the health and well being of people, families, communities, organizations and the environment. As such, Plexus Institute seeks to be an inclusive, welcoming community that encourages collaborative learning and research, fosters new relationships among people and organizations who believe in the mission of the Institute, and supports those seeking to understand living systems at a deeper level with the aim of using these insights to improve the health, vitality, and well being of living systems of all types.

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Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare Through Positive Deviance
Singhal, Arvind, PhD, Prucia Buscell and Curt Lindberg, DMan | Foreword by Peter Block
on demand, firm sale - via createspace/kdp / Softcover / 2010-08-01 / 1453731644
Medicine: General Medicine / Psychology
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236 pages
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Positive Deviance (PD) is an approach to social change that enables communities and organizations to discover the wisdom they already have, and then to act on it. The premise of PD is that in every community there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon practices or strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than neighbors and peers who have access to the same resources. PD is led by people in the community who help identify and spread the successful practices. Ideas for change are more likely to be accepted and adopted when they are based on existing local wisdom than they are when outside exports try to impose them.

This book tells the remarkable story of how a people-centered approach to organizational and social change, accompanied by sound scientific and technical expertise, yielded positive quality outcomes for ordinary citizens, health care institutions and their patients, and society in general. This work draws upon the collective wisdom and experience of infection control practitioners, doctors, public health authorities, nurses, social and organizational change practitioners, health care administrators, patients and front line workers. Additional benefits of use of the PD process to fight infection turned out to be improved workplace relationships, healthier and more resilient organizational cultures, and expanded networks of people in many fields and geographical locations who shared ideas, resources and the inspiration of their own contributions to saving lives.

"The Positive Deviance movement is changing the landscape of how we achieve transformation and change in systems." Peter Block, Author, Community: The Structure of Belonging.

"Inviting Everyone....chronicles the astonishing achievements possible when people truly work together and are aided by pioneering processes like Positive Deviance."
Nicholas Wolter, MD, CEO, Billings Clinic.

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