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Otto Scharmer



Otto Scharmer, PhD, is a German economist, cofounder of the Presencing Institute, and cofounder of the MITx u.lab, an online course for leading change. In his bestselling books, Theory U and Presence, Scharmer introduced the concept of “presencing,” or learning from the emerging future to address the most pressing global challenges.

Otto Scharmer
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Collective Trauma and Our Emerging Future

I often describe the collective trauma field as: imagine you’re growing up in an apartment and, all your life, you never took a step outside. And one day somebody visits you and asks you, “How does the house look from outside?” And you can’t tell them because you never saw it.

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Otto Scharmer on the Four Levels of Listening

Listening is the most underrated of leadership skills, leading to a disconnect between leaders and the situation. Otto describes four levels of listening. This is essential viewing for anyone desiring to truly understand situations.

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It Takes a Journey

Sustainability can hardly be achieved in one fell swoop, it entails a step-by-step progression.

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FindCenter Quotes Image. . . leadership is a distributed or collective capacity in a system, not just something that individuals do. Leadership is about the capacity of the whole system to sense and actualize the future that wants to emerge.

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Leadership Is to Shift the Inner Place from Where We Operate

A clip of Otto Scharmer from Global Classroom Lecture 2: Sensing.

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Otto Scharmer in Dialogue with Thomas Hübl: Global Social Witnessing and the Current Crisis

What is the background to the current global crisis situation with the coronavirus pandemic? What do we need now and what are the prospects? What role does collective trauma and absencing play? In contrast, attention and awareness is the real super power today.

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Otto Scharmer in Conversation with Thomas Hübl - Social Transformation & Collective Trauma

How is the effect of social intervention tools influenced by collective trauma? Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of the "Theorie U" (leading from the future), and Thomas Hübl approach this question from their own perspectives and enter into an...

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FindCenter Quotes ImageLeadership in its essence is the capacity to shift the inner place from which we operate.

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Uncovering the Leadership Blindspot

The capacity to step into the future and act on the possibilities is the essence of leadership believes Otto Scharmer, an action researcher and senior lecturer at MIT and co-founder of its Presencing Institute.

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U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self | Mitx on Edx | About Video

Learn how to create profound innovation in a time of disruptive change by leading from the emerging future.

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