"The power of attention is the real superpower of our age. Attention, aligned with intention, can make mountains move."

Otto Scharmer

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Otto Scharmer is an author and action researcher who co-creates pathways of transformation for individuals, institutions, and larger systems. He delivers these innovations in learning and leadership infrastructures through classes at MIT, MITx u.lab, the Presencing Institute, and through innovation projects with organizations in business, government and civil society around the world.


Otto co-creates innovative approaches to learning and leadership that he and his colleagues deliver through classes and programs at MIT, through Presencing Institute programs, and through his Global Classroom online program.


Check Otto's books and published articles, papers, commentaries and given interviews.

The Essentials of Theory U

Discover this concise guide to Theory U key concepts and applications, making Otto Scharmer's vital work and its methods and tools accessible to a wider audience.

The Essentials of Theory U enables leaders and organizations in all industries and sectors to shift awareness from ego to eco, to connect with the highest future possibilities, and to strengthen the capacity to realize those possibilities.

Field of the Future Blog

Read the recent blog posts from Otto Scharmer
Radical Realism

Reflecting on 2021 and intention setting for the New Year to come.

Democratizing Access To The Tools For Transformation

In the face of accelerating social and environmental breakdowns, how can we build our collective capacities for transformation to bring about a just, inclusive, and regenerative society for all?

Ten Lessons from Covid for the Decade of Transformation Ahead

It is time to operate from a deep sense of purpose, that transcends institutions, borders, and boundaries.

The Darkest Hour Is Just Before the Dawn. How to Transform Trumpism After Trump: On Post-Truth, Post-Democracy, and Post-Humanity.

If we truly want to build back better, if we want this moment to give rise to a future that is different from the past, what core capacities do we need to build and cultivate now?

Action Confidence: Laying Down the Path in Walking

It may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to profoundly reimagine and reshape our civilization. We can choose to step through that opening, or not.

Turning Toward Our Blind Spot: Seeing the Shadow as a Source for Transformation

We live in a world of disruption, drama, and despair. All of these are real. But at the same time, we also live in a world of unparalleled opportunity — the opportunity to step into new spaces and to sense and actualize the future that many feel is wanting to emerge — even though it is unclear how.


Keynotes and Conversations with Otto Scharmer

NESA #OLE21 Keynote and Q&A with Maddy Hewitt 

Collective Trauma Summit 2021 | Thomas Hubl in conversation with Otto

U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self 

Re-Imagining the 21st Century University

Praise for the Book

"This book provides a new language and teaches us new ways to integrate the insights of the psychology of mindfulness with the sociology of groups and the forces of the political and economic system. It is an incredible tour de force."

Edgar Schein

Edgar Schein 

Professor Emeritus at MIT Sloan School of Management & Author

"A great and timely book. As more and more people become part of the global movement around deep systemic change — from social entrepreneurs to innovators working within large established organizations to diverse network builders — a new field of knowledge is gradually taking shape."

Peter Senge

Peter Senge

Senior Lecturer at MIT & Co-Founder of Academy for Systems Change

"My life and work have changed in no small part since meeting Otto and Theory U through MIT over a decade ago in the founding of the United in Diversity Forum. We have seen an amazing impact of the ‘U’ based leadership work in Indonesia and China, particularly in terms of how business, government and civil society collaborate to bridge the environmental, social, and spiritual divides."

Cherie Nursalim

Cherie Nursalim

Co-Chair of SDSN-SEA & Chair of United In Diversity Foundation

"I’ve experienced firsthand the profound impact of Otto’s transformative work — on our company as a whole, our teams, and individual employees. Now we can all participate more readily in the possibilities for systems change in the world."

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher

Founder & Chairwoman of Eileen Fisher Inc.


In his current work, Otto and his colleagues apply Theory U framework and methods and tools of presencing to three main areas: Leadership Development, Systems Innovation and Coaching.

Clients and Partners

A selected list of clients and partners Otto has had the pleasure to work with include:

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