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Fast Tracks Insight Interview
Barry  Oshry

Seeing Systems: The Power of Context

An interview with Barry Oshry

A leading thinker in systems theory shows us how at work--and in life--context is everything, and given that, what we can do about it. 

"What if, instead of making up stories, we could know the real story? What if, seeing only the local picture, we were able to see the whole picture? What if, instead of reacting to stuff, we could see the context behind the stuff?"

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Barry’s passion is to make visible what is invisible.  He is President of Power + Systems, Inc. For over 40 years his focus has been on helping people see, understand, and master the systemic contexts in which they and others live. He is the developer of the Power Lab a 5-day total immersion experience focusing on issues of class and power. He is also the developer of the Organization Workshop on Creating Partnership and When Cultures Meet. His network of associates delivers these programs to organizations and institutions across the globe. He is the author numerous articles and books including Seeing Systems and Leading Systems. His current writing project is Love and Power: A Systems Perspective. His organizational plays – What a Way to Make a Living and Hierarchy have had multiple stagings.

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Seeing Systems: Unlocking the Mysteries of Organizational Life