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Otto Scharmer
Otto Scharmer
Author of Theory U | Founding Chair, Presencing Institute | MIT based Action Researcher
Author of Theory U | Founding Chair, Presencing Institute | MIT based Action Researcher
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From the Otto Scharmer website:

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al). He is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, summarizes the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.

In 2015, Otto co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) for leading profound change, which has since activated a global eco-system of transformational change involving more than 160,000 users from 185 countries. In March 2020, Otto and his colleagues at the Presencing Institute launched GAIA (Global Activation of Intention and Action), a free, online, deep learning journey, geared toward profound personal, societal, and planetary renewal.  

Otto earned his diploma and PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He received the Jamieson Prize for Teaching Excellence at MIT, the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award and is a member of the World Future Council. The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General appointed him to the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda. 

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Presencing Institute
Presencing Institute
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You can find a collection of extremely well-document free tools here. These are related to their overall change framework –  Theory U.  (Take another look at their logo…)

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The Presencing Institute was founded in 2006 by MIT Sloan School of Management Senior Lecturer Otto Scharmer and colleagues to create an action research platform at the intersection of science, consciousness, and profound social and organizational change. Over the past two decades, we have developed Theory U as a change framework and set of methodologies that have been used by thousands of organizations and communities worldwide to address our most pressing global challenges: climate change, food systems, inequality and exclusion, finance, healthcare and education.

We co-create innovation labs, deliver capacity building programs and conduct action research worldwide in order to support and scale profound societal innovation.

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Last 50 posts on own channels (YouTube, Podcast, Medium or Website/Blog):

Johan Galtung: Peace with Peaceful Means
Published on: 21 Feb 24 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

2023 In Eight Points: Meditating On Our Planetary Moment
Published on: 30 Dec 23 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

2023 In Eight Points: Meditating On Our Planetary Moment
Published on: 30 Dec 23 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Philanthropy 4.0: What Form of Giving Enables Transformative Change?
Published on: 21 Dec 23 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Protect the Flame: But Where the Danger Is, the Saving Power Also Grows
Published on: 18 Apr 23 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Protect the Flame
Published on: 7 Sep 22 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

​​Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness — Part II
Published on: 15 Mar 22 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness: A 12-Point Meditation
Published on: 7 Mar 22 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Radical Realism
Published on: 3 Jan 22 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Democratizing Access To The Tools & Methods For Societal Transformation
Published on: 20 Aug 21 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Ten Lessons from Covid for the Decade of Transformation Ahead
Published on: 20 May 21 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Facing the Eye of the Needle
Published on: 31 Mar 21 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

an example was that she conveyed to me what my teachers said about the social role i played in the…
Published on: 25 Nov 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

On the Awakening Power of the Feminine: 5 Things My Mother Taught Me Through Her Life.
Published on: 23 Nov 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

On the Awakening Power of the Feminine: 5 Things My Mother Taught Me Through Her Life.
Published on: 23 Nov 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Simona, yes, that moment of inception had a profound shadow / blind spot that only now begins to be…
Published on: 17 Nov 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Hi Andrew — i agree with your point that if we need to come together as part of a whole system we…
Published on: 17 Nov 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Dear Behice, yes i hear you.
Published on: 2 Nov 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

just talked about it in my response to Pablo direct above your comment.
Published on: 2 Nov 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

hi pablo. i hear you.
Published on: 2 Nov 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

The Darkest Hour Is Just Before the Dawn.
Published on: 30 Oct 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Action Confidence: Laying Down a Path in Walking
Published on: 7 Oct 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Turning Toward Our Blind Spot: Seeing the Shadow as a Source for Transformation
Published on: 1 Jul 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

A New Superpower in the Making: Awareness-Based Collective Action
Published on: 21 May 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Hi Matt, thanks for your points.
Published on: 14 Apr 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Eight Emerging Lessons: From Coronavirus to Climate Action
Published on: 9 Apr 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

margaret — yes i am. i went to a waldorf school myself. and so did
Published on: 21 Mar 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

well — i so much wished you were right Sevilla… lets hope for that to be
Published on: 21 Mar 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

thanks folke. very interesting. hopefully it can stay that way…
Published on: 21 Mar 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Hi Anthony, thanks for sharing this.
Published on: 21 Mar 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Global Climate Action II: The Power of Direct Democracy
Published on: 5 Feb 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Global Climate Action III: The Power of Consciousness
Published on: 5 Feb 20 in Otto Scharmer – Medium by Otto Scharmer

Leading from the Future as It Emerges
"The impact of the Theory U... is remarkable" | "..gives definition to the mystery of the creative process.."
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We live in a time of massive institutional failure that manifests in the form of three major divides: the ecological, the social, and the spiritual. Addressing these challenges requires a new consciousness and collective leadership capacity. In this groundbreaking book, Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways and in so doing discover a revolutionary approach to learning and leadership.

In most large systems today, we collectively create results that no one wants. What keeps us stuck in such patterns of the past? It’s our blind spot, that is, our lack of awareness of the inner place from which our attention and intention originate. By moving through Scharmer’s U process, we consciously access the blind spot and learn to connect to our authentic Self—the deepest source of knowledge and inspiration. Theory U offers a rich diversity of compelling stories, examples, exercises, and practices that allow leaders, organizations, and larger systems to cosense and coshape the future that is wanting to emerge.

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From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies
"I Want Everybody to Read This" | "Awesome! Transformational."
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We have entered an age of disruption. Financial collapse, climate change, resource depletion, and a growing gap between rich and poor are but a few of the signs. Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer ask, why do we collectively create results nobody wants? Meeting the challenges of this century requires updating our economic logic and operating system from an obsolete “ego-system” focused entirely on the well-being of oneself to an eco-system awareness that emphasizes the well-being of the whole.

Leading from the Emerging Future is filled with real-world examples, this thought-provoking guide presents proven practices for building a new economy that is more resilient, intentional, inclusive, and aware.

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Human Purpose and the Field of the Future
"..amazing if read and processed gradually" | "Profoundly Insightful" | "Inspirational!"
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Presence is an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning. In wide-ranging conversations held over a year and a half, organizational learning pioneers Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers explored the nature of transformational change—how it arises, and the fresh possibilities it offers a world dangerously out of balance. The book introduces the idea of “presence”—a concept borrowed from the natural world that the whole is entirely present in any of its parts—to the worlds of business, education, government, and leadership. Too often, the authors found, we remain stuck in old patterns of seeing and acting. By encouraging deeper levels of learning, we create an awareness of the larger whole, leading to actions that can help to shape its evolution and our future.
 
Drawing on the wisdom and experience of 150 scientists, social leaders, and entrepreneurs, including Brian Arthur, Rupert Sheldrake, Buckminster Fuller, Lao Tzu, and Carl Jung, Presence is both revolutionary in its exploration and hopeful in its message. This astonishing and completely original work goes on to define the capabilities that underlie our ability to see, sense, and realize new possibilities—in ourselves, in our institutions and organizations, and in society itself.

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Recent Videos and Podcasts where Otto Scharmer has been interviewed

Johan Galtung by Oberg PhotoGraphicsOn Saturday, February 17th, the Norwegian father of peace research as a science, Professor Johan Galtung, passed away in Oslo at the age of 93.After studying mathematics …Read more
Image by Kelvy BirdAs the year draws to an end and we head into 2024, I feel the need to close the feedback loop between all the challenges of 2023 and …Read more
Read the article in Italian — in Traditional Chinese — in SpanishImage by Kelvy BirdAs the year draws to an end and we head into 2024, I feel the need to close the feedback loop between …Read more
image by Jayce LeeFaced with accelerating disruptions and social and environmental breakdowns, traditional forms of philanthropic giving may be less effective than they once were. Confronted with societal divisions, wars, and …Read more
Image by Jayce Pei Yu LeeI have just returned from Latin America. I find myself a somewhat different person than the one that left a couple of weeks ago. What changed?During my …Read more
Circles of Radical Shared Presence in Times of CollapseFigure 1: By Kelvy BirdI am sitting in a train on the Räthische Railway riding back from Pontresina, high in the beautiful Swiss Alps. …Read more
​​Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness — Part 2: The Social Grammar of CreationA 10-Point Meditation on Our Current MomentRead the translation into FrenchAs the reckless attacks and crimes against the …Read more
Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness: A 12-Point Meditation on Our Current MomentPart I: The Social Grammar of DestructionIn this blog, I invite you to join me …Read more
Read the article in DutchVisual by Kelvy BirdDear Friends, as we enter the new year, I would like to take a moment to reflect on 2021 and to set the intention for …Read more
Democratizing Access To The Tools For TransformationIn the face of accelerating social and environmental breakdowns, how can we build our collective capacities for transformation to bring about a just, inclusive, …Read more
Ten Lessons from Covid for Stepping into the Decade of TransformationIn 1989, a few months before the Berlin Wall would collapse, I was co-leading an international student group in a …Read more
In ancient Jerusalem there was a gate called the Eye of the Needle which was so narrow that when a fully loaded camel approached it, all the bundles had to …Read more
an example was that she conveyed to me what my teachers said about the social role i played in the class–something about how you relate to others. something that i …Read more
On the Healing Power of Feminine Creativity: 5 Things My Mother Taught Me Through Her Life.The 20th-century avant garde artist Joseph Beuys reportedly once said that there are two forms of …Read more
On the Healing Power of Feminine Creativity: 5 Things My Mother Taught Me Through Her Life.The 20th-century avant garde artist Joseph Beuys reportedly once said that there are two forms of …Read more
Simona, yes, that moment of inception had a profound shadow / blind spot that only now begins to be visible to maybe the whole of society. still every early stage, …Read more
Hi Andrew — i agree with your point that if we need to come together as part of a whole system we need to respect each other. yes, very true. …Read more
Dear Behice, yes i hear you. What you describe is real. I felt it while in being in Istanbul last year. And i felt it when visiting Brazil, the Philippines, …Read more
just talked about it in my response to Pablo direct above your comment. china first blew it and then it learned. so its a middle case. if china would have …Read more
hi pablo. i hear you. like you, i also do not like (and am concerned) about Big Data, Big Pharma, Big Techno etc. But unlike you i do not think …Read more
The Darkest Hour Is Just Before the Dawn. How to Transform Trumpism After Trump: On Post-Truth, Post-Democracy, and Post-Humanity.The US election next week feels like a planetary watershed moment, with …Read more
Action Confidence: Laying Down the Path in WalkingBy Otto Scharmer and Eva Pomeroy“One of the main lessons I think we got from u.lab was be braver, just, you know, stop worrying about …Read more
Turning Toward Our Blind Spot: Seeing the Shadow as a Source for TransformationRead the article in Spanish — in JapaneseWe are living in a moment of tectonic shift in society. Something changed when …Read more
Read the article in Spanish — in Traditional Chinese — in German — in Italian — in JapaneseVisual by Kelvy BirdThree weeks ago, I posted some reflections on what we are learning from corona and climate action. Given that post’s …Read more
RT @presencing_inst: Invitation and reminder: Presencing Foundation Program (PFP) signature foundational program in #TheoryU and its application June 2023. Special early bird rate ends April 30, book now! https://www.u-school.org/offerings/from-ego-to-eco-2023 #leadership #systemschange #future #transformation #network #TheoryU …Read more
Calls for ban on light-polluting mass satellite groups like Elon Musk’s Starlink https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/mar/20/light-polluting-mass-satellite-groups-must-be-regulated-say-scientists?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other …Read more
via @NYTOpinion https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/16/opinion/trump-desantis-lose.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare …Read more
RT @4Dlabuy: Con mucha alegría, les anunciamos que desde 4D formaremos parte de la organización de URUGUAY EMERGE.🧡🌎 Un espacio de encuentro y conexión entre referentes de diversos sectores y contextos del país. Con la participación especial de @ottoscharmer1 Scharmer, autor de la TeoríaU …Read more
hoping to see many of you join us at this year’s presencing foundation program (PFP) https://twitter.com/presencing_inst/status/1629999703466078208 …Read more
RT @presencing_inst: Course with Otto Scharmer in person in Uruguay on March 29: addressing personal, organizational and social transformation, with a focus on the Education of the future Register before Feb 28 at https://bit.ly/40S8ZXz #educacion #teoriauenespañol #ottoscharmer #transformacion …Read more
RT @HargreavesBC: Professional learning through outdoor play using toy animals to portray ⁦@ottoscharmer1⁩ Theory U in Norway ⁦@PlayJouerCanada⁩ ⁦@tristateach⁩ ⁦@LEGOfoundation⁩ ⁦@arceducation1⁩ ⁦@pasi_sahlberg⁩ ⁦@MuntheElaine⁩ ⁦@dennisshirley⁩ …Read more
RT @beareda: “The ability to shift from reacting against the past to leaning into and presencing an emerging future is probably the single most important leadership capacity today.” ⁦@ottoscharmer1⁩ …Read more
RT @Luisamneubauer: Berlin könnte Klimahauptstadt sein. Die Menschen sind am Start, die Konzepte gibt es. Mit Tausenden haben wir heute kurz vor der Wahl Druck auf die künftige Regierung gemacht: Klimaziele sind nicht verhandelbar. #BerlinWillKlima #FridaysForFuture …Read more
RT @Amb_Ogunsola: Great session with @ottoscharmer1 of @MIT and Godfrey Nzamujo of @centresonghai at #CoFSA webinar hosted by @UNDP on “Transforming Food Systems from within: the role of consciousness and inner development for Regeneration and Equitable Food Systems”. Raising Food consciousness!! …Read more
RT @TheEIU: Only 8% of the world’s population resides in a “full democracy”, whereas 36.9% lives under “authoritarian rule”. Explore more insights from #DemocracyIndex2022 here: https://econ.st/3lbqYYZ …Read more
‘We Are Still Failing Badly’: Al Gore Delivers Fiery Remarks On Climate … https://youtu.be/4-br-n9xTOc via @YouTube …Read more
Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly by Diane Coyle @ProSyn https://prosyn.org/PfUKJPM …Read more
via @NYTOpinion https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/02/opinion/ai-human-education.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare …Read more
ChatGPT isn’t a great leap forward, it’s an expensive deal with the devil https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/feb/04/chatgpt-isnt-a-great-leap-forward-its-an-expensive-deal-with-the-devil?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other …Read more
we are in this together https://twitter.com/presencing_inst/status/1608070345948266499 …Read more
Webinar: A conversation with Ted Rau and Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, exploring with SoFA members how Sociocracy and Theory U relate to each other, and how they complement each other. Join us on Dec 13 at 11 am EST https://www.sociocracyforall.org/event/sociocracy-theory-u/ …Read more
RT @sahana2802: “Circles of Radical Presence in Times of Collapse” — @ottoscharmer1 https://link.medium.com/PU6KqvCfgvb …Read more
RT @MoMeissn: Structural disconnects we are experiencing. Modul 3.6 @edXOnline @ottoscharmer1 #ulab @MIT …Read more
RT @maria_kardamoon: @ThomasHuebl @ottoscharmer1 @presencing_inst @LoriShridhare Thanks for sharing. I haven’t started reading it yet but I already resonate with two things: your focus on tenderness (from the title), and when you say “While trauma occurs in separation, healing happens in relation”. …Read more
RT @rohan_monis: Dr. C.P.Habeeb Rahman shared his amazing in depth insights on #Leadership & #Management; sharing the #principles of @StephenRCovey & @kotl ;and handed over this #book to Shri Jairaj Rai – President, #MMA. @aimaindia @ottoscharmer1 @KatrinKaufer …Read more
The Metacrisis of Disconnection: “making life in the anthropocene a bit less obscene” Joshua Haynes https://twentythirty.com/article/the-metacrisis-of-disconnection-mental-health-anthropocene/ #ResponsibleLeadership #2030Agenda #TwentyThirty #ResponsibleLeadership #2030Agenda #TwentyThirty #SustainableFinance …Read more
RT @presencing_inst: Money defines our present and will shape our future. Join us on Thu Nov 17 from 10-11AM EST, for a discussion on mission-driven finance with Katrin Kaufer and Lillian Steponaitis https://www.bu.edu/gdp/events/?eid=270627 #missiondrivenfinance #banking #justmoney #finance #sustainability …Read more
To Transform the World, You First Have to Transform Yourself: a story from the BMW Foundation’s Annual Report 2021 https://twentythirty.com/article/to-transform-the-world-you-first-have-to-transform-yourself/ #ResponsibleLeadership #2030Agenda #TwentyThirty …Read more
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