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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 28 Jun 20

Article originally written by Helio BorgesIceberg model of Systems Thinking. Image, Presencing InstituteAwareness Based Systems Change can be described by the following three sentences.“You can not understand a system unless you change it.” “You cannot change a system unless you transform consciousness.” “You cannot transform consciousness unless you can make a system see and sense itself.” Otto ScharmerWhere We Have Been and Where We Are GoingAntoinette Klatzky opened the Deep Resonance Inhale session of the GAIA Journey. “Right now we are at the Inhale session. We drop in together to go beyond our experience to connect in with each other, to learn from …

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Article originally written by Helio BorgesIceberg model of Systems Thinking. Image, Presencing InstituteAwareness Based Systems Change can be described by the following three sentences.“You can not understand a system unless you change it.” “You cannot change a system unless you transform consciousness.” “You cannot transform consciousness unless you can make a system see and sense itself.” Otto ScharmerWhere We Have Been and …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 28 Jun 20

This article was originally written by Helio BorgesCollective Trauma. Image, Olaf Baldini“One of the greatest pandemic trauma symptoms in the world, besides numbness and hyperactivity, is the fragmentation of my mind, my emotions, and my body. The three elements are not communicating the same thing.” Thomas HueblIn the 4th session of GAIA, Otto Scharmer welcomed Thomas Huebl. Thomas is the founder of the Academy of Inner Sciences, and of The Pocket Project. Otto began with this question: “What is it in your own life that made you work with collective trauma for so many years and hold large group gatherings around that subject?”In …

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This article was originally written by Helio BorgesCollective Trauma. Image, Olaf Baldini“One of the greatest pandemic trauma symptoms in the world, besides numbness and hyperactivity, is the fragmentation of my mind, my emotions, and my body. The three elements are not communicating the same thing.” Thomas HueblIn the 4th session of GAIA, Otto Scharmer welcomed Thomas Huebl. Thomas is the founder of the …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 21 Jun 20

by Opaline Lysiak & Thomas Lovett — adapted from an original article published on 4ReturnsStudents in an agriculture school happy to use tools to study soil lifeThe time is right to empower youth and bring on an agricultural revolutionMore than 40% of farmers will be retired by 2030 in Europe. That means the disappearance of 230,000 farmers in France over the next 10 years. Farming is a risky business to get into and the profession is greatly undervalued. At the same time, there are issues of prolonged drought, rising temperatures and increased food insecurity for people in France and beyond. We need a new …

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by Opaline Lysiak & Thomas Lovett — adapted from an original article published on 4ReturnsStudents in an agriculture school happy to use tools to study soil lifeThe time is right to empower youth and bring on an agricultural revolutionMore than 40% of farmers will be retired by 2030 in Europe. That means the disappearance of 230,000 farmers in France over the next 10 years. …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 27 May 20

GAIA Journey and the Healing Potential of the Social Fieldby David PendleThe GAIA journey has been a timely learning opportunity in this COVID19 moment. Through this program, thousands of people have found new ways to build towards a more empathetic and generative world. Otto Scharmer, co-founder of the Presencing Institute describes GAIA as “an impromptu global infrastructure for sensemaking, for leaning into our current moment of disruption and letting this moment move us toward civilizational renewal.” This project has involved 10,000+ people signing up for a free, four-month, online learning journey, facilitated by a global team of 100+ volunteers who are co-creating …

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GAIA Journey and the Healing Potential of the Social Fieldby David PendleThe GAIA journey has been a timely learning opportunity in this COVID19 moment. Through this program, thousands of people have found new ways to build towards a more empathetic and generative world. Otto Scharmer, co-founder of the Presencing Institute describes GAIA as “an impromptu global infrastructure for sensemaking, for leaning into …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 20 Apr 20

by Helio BorgesGAIA Journey Rachel Hentsch Spadafora“The GAIA journey really is about deepening our connection to ourselves, to each other, and to the place we are living in — our mother Earth.”Otto ScharmerGAIAIn Greek mythology, GAIA means mother earth. It is also an acronym for Global Activation of Intention and Action, which is an initiative co-led by Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute.According to Otto Scharmer, “GAIA is an impromptu global infrastructure for sensemaking, for leaning into our current moment of disruption and letting this moment move us toward civilizational renewal.”Covid-19, like other moments of societal rupture, essentially confronts each of us with a choice:to …

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by Helio BorgesGAIA Journey Rachel Hentsch Spadafora“The GAIA journey really is about deepening our connection to ourselves, to each other, and to the place we are living in — our mother Earth.”Otto ScharmerGAIAIn Greek mythology, GAIA means mother earth. It is also an acronym for Global Activation of Intention and Action, which is an initiative co-led by Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute.According to …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 10 Apr 20

Co-authored by Dr. Gemma Jiang, Dr. Stephanie Romero, Christina Ong, and Jackson Martin2019is the inaugural year of the Pitt u.lab hub. Before we embark on the u.lab 2x journey this spring, we would like to pause to reflect on our journey together during the past fall, from the perspectives of the setup of the hub, feedback from participants, and reflections from co-hosts.Top left: Taster session, August 2019; Top right: Social Presencing Theatre Workshop with Liz Alperin-Solms; Bottom left: community gathering for live session; Bottom right: u.lab hub in Pitt Parking DayThe Mission and VisionThe Pitt u.lab hub serves three functions simultaneously: community building …

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Co-authored by Dr. Gemma Jiang, Dr. Stephanie Romero, Christina Ong, and Jackson Martin2019is the inaugural year of the Pitt u.lab hub. Before we embark on the u.lab 2x journey this spring, we would like to pause to reflect on our journey together during the past fall, from the perspectives of the setup of the hub, feedback from participants, and reflections from …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 13 Mar 20

article by Simoon Fransen & Joke MiddelbeekThe African saying “it takes a village to raise a child” acquires a new meaning for us: “it takes a community to raise a child”. But the reverse is also true: it takes a child to raise a community.The system crisis in primary educationAgainst the background of a system crisis in primary education in the Netherlands — involving a vicious circle of teacher shortages, high workloads and low salaries, which GroenLinks MP Lisa Westerveld has described as “a miserable situation for the teachers, parents and students” — the “Quality of Education Week” took place between the 9th and …

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article by Simoon Fransen & Joke MiddelbeekThe African saying “it takes a village to raise a child” acquires a new meaning for us: “it takes a community to raise a child”. But the reverse is also true: it takes a child to raise a community.The system crisis in primary educationAgainst the background of a system crisis in primary education in …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 8 Mar 20

Going Nowhere in Particular — Story of an Empathy Walkby Helio BorgesThe purposes of an “Empathy Walk” are:To develop empathy for someone very different from yourself.To develop some skill in establishing a relationship across a significant boundary.Otto Scharmer, Theory U.My Empathy WalkThis is a real story that took place in September 2015 while I was taking the MITx course u.lab. Leading from the Emerging Future. That program requires that the participant opens his/her mind, heart, and will, in order to develop internal coherence. Within the course requirements, there are specific activities to build those capacities.One of them is the “ Empathy Walk,” which helps you open your …

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Going Nowhere in Particular — Story of an Empathy Walkby Helio BorgesThe purposes of an “Empathy Walk” are:To develop empathy for someone very different from yourself.To develop some skill in establishing a relationship across a significant boundary.Otto Scharmer, Theory U.My Empathy WalkThis is a real story that took place in September 2015 while I was taking the MITx course u.lab. Leading from the Emerging Future. That program …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 11 Feb 20

by Manish SrivastavaHere is an application story of the U process and Social Presencing Theater in cross sectoral innovation in the Law and Justice sector in India.This is part of a transformation journey that was initiated by Agami India in July 2019 by convening around 20 leading social innovators from the Law & Justice sector for a three-day Social Presencing Theatre-based retreat called Agamishala. The retreat aimed to connect participants with their core intent and collectively sensing into the social field of law and justice in India.We co-created two systems maps (4D maps) of complex social justice challenges that our country is …

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by Manish SrivastavaHere is an application story of the U process and Social Presencing Theater in cross sectoral innovation in the Law and Justice sector in India.This is part of a transformation journey that was initiated by Agami India in July 2019 by convening around 20 leading social innovators from the Law & Justice sector for a three-day Social Presencing Theatre-based …

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