Who We Are
over thirty years Barry Oshry has been on a single-minded quest to unlock
the mysteries of power and powerlessness in social system life. He began
his work in the 1960s at Boston University where he developed large-scale
organizational simulations for undergraduates in business. Throughout
the 1960s, Oshry continued his research at BU and at NTL Institute's
Management Work Conferences and Community Laboratories. In 1970 he created
the Power & Leadership Conference (Power Lab) and since the mid-1970s
he has developed and conducted organizational simulations with Tops,
Middles, Bottoms and Customers that have been used to create "system
sight" for organizations and institutions throughout the world.
Oshry is a recipient of the David L. Bradford
In 1975 Barry and his wife, Karen, founded Power & Systems, Inc. in Boston.
Considered a pioneer
in the field of systems thinking, Barry has been invited to address
numerous national professional conferences. He has written extensively
on power and systems change and other social system phenomena. Among
his writings are THE POSSIBILITIES OF ORGANIZATION, IN THE MIDDLE, and
SPACE WORK. His recent book, SEEING SYSTEMS: UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES
OF ORGANIZATIONAL LIFE, has met with critical acclaim. His newest book
is LEADING SYSTEMS: LESSONS FROM THE POWER LAB. Barry's most recent
writing project is the musical play, "WHAT A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING."
As Vice President of Programs and Services, Karen is often the first person customers talk with when setting up a workshop or presentation or when deciding to come to a program. Karen spends much of her time on the phone or email, describing programs and publications as well as responding to customer's specific questions -- and she enjoys doing it. Karen also provides coaching about which program best meets an individual's or organization's goals. As a design partner in all of Power & Systems' programs, she is adept at working with customers to tailor programs to meet their needs and to match them with the most appropriate staff person. She remains the ongoing contact with them.
In addition to being
Barry Oshry's first editor, she enjoys cooking, eating, traveling, taking
long walks with Barry and reading. She also loves to spend time on Cape
Cod. She volunteers regularly at The Women's Lunch Place, a shelter
for poor and homeless women in Boston.