Are You Witnessing Polarization and Change Resistance in Your Business and Life? – April 14, 2021

Are You Witnessing Polarization and Change Resistance in Your Business and Life? – April 14, 2021

Polarity Management expert, Barry Johnson, helps us Unpack the Power of "And" Thinking.  Come prepared to learn a timely and relevant approach to the polarizing positions and discussions we experience today.

A riveting storyteller and engaging facilitator, Barry will help us evolve Polarity Thinking, an intuitive "And" thinking model/process, essential to your internal or external business practice and personal life.

Barry’s journey with us will take us through a personal application, an organizational approach with a Fortune 100 company and a community-to-global perspective on addressing the tension between dominant and marginalized cultures.

As participants, we will interact as a large group and break into small groups to share insights and form questions. Barry will bring us back together to impart mutual lessons learned and set us up for success – engaging in healthy interactions as an individual, in our organizations and communities.

This program also supports Oregon OD Network’s Statement on Calls for Racial Justice: prioritizing awareness, appreciation and meaningful action about race equity in our community outreach, strategic planning, programming and pro bono consulting work. We are committed to healing racial divides, building trust with communities of color and improving culturally adept communication and behavior with diverse populations.

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About Barry Johnson
In 1975, Barry created the first Polarity Map® and set of principles. Since then he has traveled the world learning, with others, how to apply polarity thinking in their circumstances.

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.

Barry is an avid outdoorsman and intrepid traveler. He brings head and heart together in his teaching and consulting. Barry and his wife, Dana, have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

ODN Competencies Fulfilled in This Program

Systems Change Expert
Comfortably works within a whole system and advises on inclusive strategies for organizational change, transformation, and alignment.

Efficient Designer
Creates a non-threatening environment to support productive debate, the robust expression of ideas, group dialogue, and decision making

Informed Consultant
Brings and integrates a strong foundation of equity, inclusion, and diversity theories, frameworks, and methodologies to guide all elements of the practice of OD.


Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Time: 4-5:45pm PDT
Location: Virtual via Zoom. Log in instructions will be sent out to registrants after noon the day of the event. Please note that there is no technical support for this event. Check your audio and video prior to joining the meeting.
Cost: Chapter Members and Partner Organizations (ATD, ICF, PHRMA): $10; Guests: $25
Register: Through Eventbrite. Online registration available until noon the morning of the event. Space limited to 100 attendees.

Video Availability: This program may be recorded. If so, a link to the video will be made available to paid registrants only.