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Otto Scharmer

  • Senior Lecturer, Organization Studies

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, and cofounder of the Presencing Institute.  He also chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-innovation in China and Indonesia. 

Otto introduced the concept of “presencing” —learning from the emerging future — in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al.). His book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies (co-authored with K. Kaufer) applies the concept of mindfulness to the transformation of capitalism.

In 2015 he co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) that uses a blended o2o (online-to-offline) learning platform to enable transformational leadership learning for tens of thousands of participants in self-organized communities across 185 countries.

Otto earned his diploma (with distinction) and PhD (summa cum laude) from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. In 2015 he received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT.

Websites:   www.ottoscharmer.com, www.presencing.com

Huffpost blog:  www.huffingtonpost.com/otto-scharmer