Otto Scharmer, author of Theory U and co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies, is an action researcher who co-creates innovations in learning and leadership that he delivers through classes and programs at MIT, MITx U.Lab, the Presencing Institute, and through innovation projects with organizations in business, government and civil society around the world. He is a senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He is co-founder of the Presencing Institute. Through MITx and he currently delivers the U-Lab, a new type of social entrepreneurship MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that uses presencing practices of co-sensing and co-creating emerging futures with a platform of 25,000 participants from 191 countries that collaborate through more than 100 self-organized U.Lab Hubs across countries and cultures. Scharmer holds a PhD in economics and management from Witten-Herdecke University in Germany. For more information visit or

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Otto Scharmer, ACEL Core Faculty

Mind and Life Institute • March 10, 2015

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