Necessary Conversation: Otto Scharmer- Leading towards Well Being

Please join the International Humanistic Management Association for a conversation with Otto Scharmer (MIT). He will present his latest insights and system transformation.

Date: Friday, Nov. 16 
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00pm (EDT)
Location: Web conferencing, details will be sent before the event once your RSVP is received


This Necessary Conversation is sponsored by the Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility in the Manning School of Business at UMass-Lowell.

Topic for this Conversation:  Leading Towards Well Being: Transforming Systems from Ego to Eco..

It is no secret that humanity is facing multiple crises. In his work Otto Scharmer has addressed how organizations and their managers can facilitate problem solving that leads to higher levels of well being for all. This will be an open discussion relating to some of the main work Otto Scharmer has been doing from Theory U, to Transforming Capitalism Lab to MITXuLab. 

About Otto Scharmer:

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Management, and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation that helps leaders from business, government, civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. Scharmer introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers). He is coauthor of Leading from the Emerging Future, that outlines eight acupuncture points of transforming capitalism. His new book, The Essentials of Theory U (2018), focuses on the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.

In 2015 he cofounded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course for leading profound change that has since activated a global eco-system of societal and personal renewal involving more than 100,000 users from 185 countries. In 2018 he co-founded the Transforming Capitalism Lab that focuses on upgrading the economic operating system in order to realize the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. With his colleagues he has delivered award winning leadership development programs and cofacilitated innovation labs on reinventing education, health, business, and governance systems worldwide.

Otto earned his diploma (with distinction) and PhD (summa cum laude) from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT (2015) and the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award (2016). In 2018 he was ranked #5 of the world’s top 30 education professionals by