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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):

​​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

Theory U
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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
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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

​​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
Hi Matt, thanks for your points. it prompts me to review the para your highlight and review it so it creates less misunderstanding. what i wanted to say is this: …Read more
Read the article in Spanish — in French — in German — in Italian — in Portuguese — in Traditional Chinese — in Polish — in Vietnamese — in Simplified Chinese part 1 & part 2Checking the temperature of a passenger arriving at the international airport in …Read more
margaret — yes i am. i went to a waldorf school myself. and so did my kids.stay safe!o. …Read more
well — i so much wished you were right Sevilla…lets hope for that to be the case. even though i am a bit less optimistic than you are.. …Read more
thanks folke. very interesting. hopefully it can stay that way… …Read more
Hi Anthony, thanks for sharing this. its very helpful information. and very legitimate and accurate to point out these specifics from the internal view. yet, seen from the outside, there …Read more
My teacher and thesis advisor Johan Galtung, the founder of peace research as a science, received the Leif Eiriksson Peace Award 2022. Congratulations dear Johan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLmIa5ki2Ik …Read more
RT @EILEENFISHERNY: “Eileen Fisher went from industry outlier to godmother of a movement. Now, she is getting ready to pass the torch, starting with a new chief executive at her company.” – @LizziePaton @nytimes https://nyti.ms/3dtChI2 …Read more
Why the Chair of the Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission Thinks The US Government Is Preventing a Real Investigation Into the Pandemic  ❧ Current Affairs https://www.currentaffairs.org/2022/08/why-the-chair-of-the-lancets-covid-19-commission-thinks-the-us-government-is-preventing-a-real-investigation-into-the-pandemic …Read more
via @NYTOpinion https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/11/opinion/fbi-trump-mar-a-lago-raid.html?referringSource=articleShare …Read more
via @NYTOpinion https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/02/opinion/elite-universities-campus.html?referringSource=articleShare …Read more
The audacious PR plot that seeded doubt about climate change – BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-62225696 …Read more
via @NYTOpinion https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/22/opinion/italy-draghi-meloni-government.html?referringSource=articleShare …Read more
Visual reflection by O.Baldini on a recent u-school core team meeting in berlin: What does it take to meet the current moment? It takes Courage, Compassion, Curiosity & Action Confidence. “But where the danger is, the saving power also grows…”(Hölderlin) https://www.u-school.org/ …Read more
via @NYTOpinion https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/15/opinion/israel-saudi-arabia-biden-trip.html?referringSource=articleShare …Read more
RT @presencing_inst: Last call to register for the one and only 2022 Presencing Foundation Program, 4-8 July 2022. Book before 1st July: https://www.presencing.org/programs/marketplace/action-confidence-in-times-of-disruption #presencing #workshop #TheoryU #PFP #ecosystemtransformation #Uacademy #perspective #EmergingFuture …Read more
via @NYTOpinion https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/24/opinion/roe-v-wade-dobbs-decision.html?referringSource=articleShare …Read more
via @NYTOpinion https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/22/opinion/environment/climate-hypocrisy-larry-fink.html?referringSource=articleShare …Read more
RT @presencing_inst: “Using tech for social impact” building decentralized financing for the informal economy in Latin America – Mercedes Bidart CEO of Quipu says: “it’s about experimenting and changing all the time.” #GlobalForum2022 livestream link: https://vimeo.com/721543285/4b8b6e9311 …Read more
Starting in 30mins: we are on!!! #GlobalForum2022 View livestream for free: https://bit.ly/GlobalForumLive OR donate to join the interactive Zoom room: https://bit.ly/GlobalForumTickets #Uschoolfortransformation #theoryU #currentmoment #systemschange #leadership …Read more
El liderazgo y las nuevas formas de coaching con Otto Scharmer | Futuro 360 https://youtu.be/rKa1jzpSgxY via @YouTube …Read more
it was such an inspiration to visit Chile last week to work with 100 civil society leaders from across the country– It feels as if the 2019 massive wave of protesting, followed by a new constitutional convention is foreshadowing what is about to happen on a planetary scale… …Read more
the global forum kicking off very soon 22-23 Jun: a coming together for our wider global community to see and sense itself — we so look forward to hearing from this inspiring group of changemakers, systems thinkers, and awareness practitioners Join us! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-forum-transforming-society-self-2022-tickets-318492177677 …Read more
RT @presencing_inst: Special bilingual Spanish-English sessions: * dedicated to #diversity, with the wonderful people of #incluirparacrecer from Uruguay. * to connect to ancestral Latin American traditions #inclusion #elders Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entradas-foro-global-transformacion-de-la-sociedad-y-el-ser-2022-343054534347 #GlobalForum2022 #transformation …Read more
Only love can stop war: a call to the world from a Northern Cheyenne chief https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/17/only-love-can-stop-war-a-call-to-the-world-from-a-northern-cheyenne-chief?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other …Read more
RT @ptamesis: #CambodiaFuturesLab is an on-going #leadership #learning journey with #RGC @presencing_inst #UnitedInDiversityFoundation #CSOs #business #UN for accelerating #2030Agenda https://twitter.com/uncambodia/status/1536179578372100096 …Read more
https://anchor.fm/world-future-council/episodes/From-ego-system-to-eco-system-awareness-Dr-C–Otto-Scharmer-in-conversation-with-Gesa-Dolkemeyer-e1jk6uh …Read more
via @NYTOpinion https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/03/opinion/sheryl-sandberg-meta-facebook.html?referringSource=articleShare …Read more
check out the Earth4All website–it features a major initiative of economists and thought leaders working together on how to respond to our planetary emergency and how to transform our 21st-century economy toward well-being for all… https://www.earth4all.life/news …Read more
RT @presencing_inst: This year, the Audio Garden will feature 9 tracks from Taiwan Along with their holding team, Jayce Pei Yu Lee and Crystal C.Y. Huang have endeavored to surface stories, sounds, and voices from across Taiwan Learn more: https://bit.ly/GlobalForum2022 #GlobalForum2022 …Read more
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