The following essay was written right after the 2016 election. I think it useful to revisit it now. The age of Donald Trump is an age of uncertainty. W…
Beth Plutchak
We spent the Friday Ruth Bader Ginsberg died counting signs. Well, that wasn’t the only thing we did. My trans wife and I live in a small town, Prairie…
Beth Plutchak
When my mother was a junior in high school she lost her first job in retail sales because a boy asked her out on Friday and she skipped her shift at wo…
Beth Plutchak
Characteristics of Complex Adaptive Systems
Beth Plutchak
It’s time for a new understanding of the commons. There are narratives that are oft retold in education particularly in economic theory. I was taught t…
Beth Plutchak
A brief introduction to complex adaptive systems
Beth Plutchak
As a species we have this bias towards seeing things in linear patterns. It makes the left ill equipped to respond to backlash. We see failure as perma…
Beth Plutchak
Like everyone else three weeks, four weeks, two years? what is it exactly? into Quarantine I’m finding the emotional strain to be a bit much. I fear I …
Beth Plutchak
Look to the margins that are creating emergent systems. Those most deeply impacted are most likely to develop the systems that will survive.
Beth Plutchak
Do you ever get that feeling that when you look back at your life it is not a singular narrative, but a string of disjointed events that make absolutel…
Beth Plutchak
I have spent most of the last decade socially isolated. Between a switch to an at home career and various mental and physical health problems I don’t g…
Beth Plutchak
We don’t want to go back to the way things were before. The coronavirus outbreak has emphasized the fault lines in American society and here we are in …
Beth Plutchak