Culture and Complexity: The Challenges of Complexity

Sandra Bloom and Sarah Yanosy explain how culture contributes to the complexity of every group and community, including the unconscious group dynamics that often form the values and customs of organizations. With guests, they discuss ACE Study concepts and what it looks like to empower leaders to improve population health, safety, and productivity.

In the first segment, Dr. Bloom and Ms. Yanosy will discuss the importance of appreciating “complexity” and how culture, in all its forms, inevitably increases the complexity of every group, organization, and community. It is the unconscious dynamics in a complex system that often confound those in a position to take action toward social health. So, in this segment the hosts will look at some of those unconscious group dynamics and offer tools for managing it.

In the second and third segments, the hosts will talk with Dr. Robert Anda, who played the principal role in the design of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) and served as its Co-Principal Investigator, and Dr. Laura Porter, who together have created ACE Interface bringing together over two decades of experience in helping leaders to develop and disseminate educational products and empowerment strategies that help communities throughout the nation to dramatically improve population health. In this capacity, they have become thought partners, educators, consultants, and coaches in over two dozen states and they will share their findings about this important work.


  • Dr. Robert Anda, Designer, Co-Principal and Investigator of ACEs Study
  • Laura Porter, Educator and Coach, Serves on Board of Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice

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