Otto Scharmer


Otto Scharmer


Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and cofounder 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. He is the author of Theory U (translated into 20 languages) and coauthor of Leading from the Emerging Future, that outlines eight acupuncture points of transforming capitalism.

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. With his colleagues he has delivered award winning leadership development programs and cofacilitated innovation labs on reinventing education, health, business, government, and well-being. 

Otto received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT Sloan (2015) and the EU Leonardo Corporate Learning Award for the contributions of Theory U to the future of management (2016). In 2017 he was ranked #1 of the world's top 30 education professionals by


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Scharmer receives Leonardo Award

Scharmer wins Jamieson Prize


"MITx u.lab: Education As Activating Social Fields."

Scharmer, Otto. The Blog. The Huffington Post, December 2015.

"Paris – Das Herz unserer Gemeinschaft verwandeln."

Scharmer, Otto. Blog. Magazin für Bewusstsein und Kultur, November 2015.

"Paris: Shifting the Heart of the Collective."

Scharmer, Otto. The Blog. The Huffington Post, November 2015.

"The Fish Rots from the Head Down."

Scharmer, Otto. The Blog. The Huffington Post, September 2015.

"As Systems Collapse, Citizens Rise."

Scharmer, Otto. The Blog. The Huffington Post, September 2015.

"Awareness-Based Action Research: Catching Social Reality Creation in Flight."

Scharmer, Otto and Katrin Kaufer. In The SAGE Handbook of Action Research, 3rd Edition, edited by Hilary Bradbury, 199-210. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2015.

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