In conversation with Otto Scharmer and Cheryl Dorsey

What does it take to create systemic change? What is the work we need to do now collectively? Ottto Scharmer, a world-wide recognized systems thinker, creator of Theory U, co-founder of Presencing Institute and Cheryl Dorsey, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, President of Echoing Green, a global organization seeding next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems

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Jun 07 2021


New York time
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 07 2021
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


  • Cheryl Dorsey
    Cheryl Dorsey

    President, Echoing Green

  • Otto Scharmer
    Otto Scharmer

    Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and 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 most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, summarizes the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.

    In 2015, Otto co-founded the MITx u.lab, which has since activated a global eco-system of transformational change involving more than 160,000 users from 185 countries. In March 2020, Otto and his colleagues at the Presencing Institute launched GAIA (Global Activation of Intention and Action), a free, online, deep learning journey, geared toward profound personal, societal, and planetary renewal.

    Otto earned his diploma and PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He received the Jamieson Prize for Teaching Excellence at MIT, the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award and is a member of the World Future Council. The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General appointed him to the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda.

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