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Barry Johnson

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Topic: “Or with And Helps Us Address Poverty, Racism and Sexism.”

Based on Barry Johnson’s new book: And, Making a Difference by Leveraging Polarity, Paradox or Dilemma, this session provides an understanding of an alternate root cause and perpetuator of poverty, racism, and sexism. When addressing these chronic issues, we often look for an “evil source.” We look for an individual or group to blame for their bias and the systems they have created. The assumption is that evil results must come from an evil source. A polarity perspective does not deny or minimize the cruelty and pain that comes with poverty, racism and sexism. We are saying that searching for an “evil source” is not helpful. It perpetuates the very things we are attempting to overcome.
From a polarity perspective, we can understand, without blaming or condining, how Or-thinking without And-thinking is a powerful root cause and perpetuator of poverty, racism and sexism. From that perspective we are asserting that: “And– thinking is not a solution to poverty, racism or sexism but it is a process requirement. Without supplementing Or-thinking with And-thinking, our most sincere efforts will be radically undermined, and no amount of money, commitment, or alignment will compensate. (Page 242 of And)

In 1975, Barry created the first Polarity Map® and set of
Barry has worked with: Business and Industry – Amoco, GM,
Intel of Ireland, Cargill, Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce, Natura of Brazil, SASOL of South Africa;
Government – International Atomic Energy Agency, US
Department of Defense, UK National Health Service,
Provincial Government of Alberta, Northwest Department of
Health and National Treasury Republic of South Africa,
Charleston Police Department and City of Charleston.
Education – Notre Dame, Learning Innovations Lab (LILA) at
Harvard, University of Cape Town in South Africa; Not-for-
profit – Bread for the World, EcoSocial in Brazil, Southridge Shelter in Ontario.
He is an avid outdoorsman and intrepid traveler, and brings head and heart
together in his teaching and consulting. Barry and his wife, Dana, have 5 children
and 11 grandchildren.
His third book, AND, Making a Difference by Leveraging Polarity, Paradox, or
Dilemma will be out in July, 2020.


This event was free as a service to our global community.

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