Theory U – Learning from the future by Otto Scharmer

Video summary description from TEDxTUHH:

Otto Scharmer talks about how we, as individuals and collectively as a society, create results no one wants – ecological, social and spiritual divide. He talks about what causes such divides and how we can overcome them. He points out that we need to shift to a mindset where we care about the wellbeing of others instead of just looking out for ourselves. He then introduces us to the U.Lab an online course that aims to change, through introspection, how we interact with ourselves, others and nature so as to create a future of harmony.

Otto Scharmer is a senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He is the co-founder of the Presencing Institute, and the founding chair of the MIT IDEAS Program, that takes leaders from civil society, government and business from Indonesia and China on a nine month action learning journey in order to co-create profound social innovation in their communities. With the German government (GIZ Global Leadership Academy) and the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, he co-founded the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness Lab, which brings together innovative thinkers from developing and industrialized countries to prototype new ways of measuring well-being and social progress.
Scharmer holds a Ph.D. in economics and management from Witten-Herdecke University in Germany. In 2015 he received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in teaching from MIT.



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