Thanks to Your Donations – A LIVE EVENT!

By |2020-03-12T12:03:50-05:00March 11th, 2020|Both/And Polarity Leveraging, Institute for Polarities of Democracy, Polarity Thinking, Polarity Thinking and Problem-solving Thinking|

A special invitation just went out to key political and policy influencers from government, non-profit, academia, and think-tanks for a May 13th workshop entitled:  From Polarized to Optimized.  We only had space for 30 people -- so if you didn't get an invitation and are experiencing FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), Fear not!  We’re exploring ways to [...]

Make and Keep Us All Great: The Polarities of Democracy

By |2020-03-03T17:03:31-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Continuity and Transformation, Freedom and Authority, Freedom AND Equality, Individual Justice and Collective Justice, Institute for Polarities of Democracy, Polarity Thinking|

(Portions of the text below is taken from an article by William Benet, PhD, Suzanne Rackl, MM, CFRE, CFRM and Cliff Kayser, MSHR, MSOD, PCC) In 2017, the Institute for Polarities of Democracy was established as a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization to promote and advance the Polarity Thinking theory of Dr. Barry Johnson and the Polarities of Democracy [...]

How the Army is Looking at Avoiding War

By |2019-08-07T16:00:29-05:00August 5th, 2019|Institute for Polarities of Democracy, Polarity Thinking|

Umm. OK. Check this out… A new book, titled “Empirical Paradox, Complexity Thinking and Generating New Kinds of Knowledge” by Dr. Bruce West, a senior scientist at the Army Research Office, uses mathematical modeling to address why thinking in terms of either/or outcomes means the inevitability of another world war. (JULY 23, 2019 by U.S. Army [...]

A Blueprint to Revive American Democracy

By |2019-08-05T18:54:25-05:00August 4th, 2019|Freedom and Authority, Institute for Polarities of Democracy, Polarity Thinking|

Many writers now say we’re in code blue, and we need a blueprint to revive American Democracy. In his Washington Post August 4th review of two books Carlos Lazoda highlights how in the weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the muse of the death-of-democracy bookshelf began expanding – and not focused exclusively on Trump. He says, “The [...]

Polarity Theory and Integral Theory: The Polarities in the Integral “Multarity” (Interdependencies of more than two)

By |2019-06-08T14:20:59-05:00June 7th, 2019|Institute for Polarities of Democracy, Multarities, Polarity Thinking|

In 1967, C. West Churchman highlighted some key factors of unsolvable challenges. He referred to them as “Wicked Problems,” which are: 1) Unsolvable by rational analysis, 2) Systems issues, and 3) Require collective engagement for learning the way to solutions. Another important voice in the solvability discernment arena is Ron Heifetz, who made the clear [...]

From Polarities to Multarities: Interdependencies of More Than Two

By |2019-03-18T12:52:22-05:00March 18th, 2019|Institute for Polarities of Democracy, Multarities, Polarity Thinking|

As awareness of polarities increases, so does the awareness of multarities. The question about multiple poles comes up frequently in our PACT (Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation) Foundations and Professional Applications Certification training. Often, it’s from people who have deep subject matter expertise in a particular area. When they learn about polarities seeing the [...]

Scaling Leadership w/a Confucius / Lao Tzu Mashup

By |2019-03-15T16:42:48-05:00March 13th, 2019|Freedom and Authority, Institute for Polarities of Democracy, Part and Whole, Participation and Representation, Scaling Leadership, Self and Other|

After reading Bob Anderson's book, "Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most" I've been thinking a lot about...well, that. I took one of my favorite quotes by Confucius (see original below) and my favorite quote from Lao Tzu (the people said, "we did it ourselves"). Hence, mashup. Lot's of good [...]

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