#432 – Human Systems Theory and Practice with Mark Horowitz M.A.

Mark Horowitz


Mark Horowitz M.A. is a leadership and organizational development consultant, an experienced educator, board certified coach and the author of The Dance of We: The Mindful Use of Love and Power in Human Systems. He trained in Humanistic Psychology with Abraham Maslow, Ph.D. and in Psychosynthesis with Roberto Assagioli, M.D. He has studied the field of human systems for over thirty-five years as a licensed individual and family therapist and as a management consultant and coach for businesses in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. He has facilitated numerous leadership training programs and large-scale corporate change projects, and has served as coach to senior business leaders undertaking team and organizational development initiatives.

He is a faculty member of the International School of Psychotherapy and Group Counseling in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has been an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University and Antioch San Francisco in California, and at Suffolk and Lesley Universities in Boston. He is an amateur woodworker and a founding board member of The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is also the founder and president of The Uniterra Foundation, an international non-profit committed to the practical application of spiritual values to social change. He lives outside of Boston with his wife, Abby Seixas.

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One Comment

  1. Dr. Michael Ocana
    Posted September 20, 2015 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Here’s the review of Horowitz’s book “The Dance of We” that I posted to Goodreads.

    “Once again I was inspired to read this book after hearing Horowitz interviewed on ShrinkRapRadio. The book starts off with a well needed and clear review of traditional systems theory concepts. From there Horowitz does an amazing thing. He draws from Buber, Assagioli and various other theorists to flesh out a compelling theory of the dialectic of power and interconnection (love) in human systems. His work looks at the full range of intrapersonal to diadic, to family to corporate relations, providing very helpful illustrations from his own personal and consulting experience. Horowitz illustrates how dysfunctional systems are life-deadening when they separate and objectify through narrow definitions and blaming of their parts while functional systems are life affirming when they allow their parts healthy power and affirm and validate them. Refreshingly he is equally clear about the limitations of love without power as he is about power without love, giving powerful illustrations from his own experience. A brilliant and very readable work.”

    5 stars

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