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Polarization to Optimization: Mission and Margin (Revenue)

August 29, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT

Polarization to Optimization: Mission and Margin (Revenue)
Part of our FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series

Within our organizations and our communities there has been an increase in polarization between “Us” and “Them.” This session will give you a fresh perspective on how to use the tension within these polarizations in a way that benefits both sides. You will learn to distinguish between problems you can solve and polarities (paradoxes, dilemmas) that are inherently unsolvable but can be leveraged.

In this session, you will be addressing the classic nonprofit polarities of mission and margin (revenue). You will have the opportunity to complete an online assessment of your organization prior to the event around these polarities. You’ll receive your organization’s results privately, and composite results of all participants will be shared at the session.

You’ll learn:

  • The five steps of leveraging any polarity.
  • How OR thinking without its sister, AND thinking, is a root cause and perpetuator of Sexism, Racism and Poverty. It also undermines our efforts to address Global Warming.

Presenter: Barry Johnson, Creator of Polarity Maps and Principles
Cost: Free!

Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this event. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

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*** Deadline to register is 8 a.m. on August 29. Click HERE to print your parking pass. ***

Photo: Barry Johnson


In 1975, Barry Johnson, Ph.D
. created the first Polarity Map® and set of principles. Since then he has been learning, with clients, how to leverage polarities, also known as paradoxes, dilemmas, or tensions. Polarity Thinking has been applied in hundreds of organizations, large and small, in the United States and globally. Barry has worked with a variety of organizations, including GM, Cargill, Wal-Mart, U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, U.K. National Health Service, Notre Dame, Learning Innovations Lab (LILA) at Harvard, Purdue College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Christian Reformed Church, Local Future in Michigan, and EcoSocial in Brazil. His 1992 book, Polarity Management®: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems (Human Resource Development Press) is in wide use in businesses and community organizations. His third book, AND, How to Leverage Polarity, Paradox, or Dilemma will be out in 2019.


August 29, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


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