"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
​​Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness — Part 2: The Social Grammar of Creation

Part II of my reflection on our current moment: The Social Grammar of Creation

Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness: A 12-Point Meditation on Our Current Moment (pt. 1)

A reflection on what happens when the feminine spirit and dimension of leadership is entirely absent: we collectively create results that nobody wants..."

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?

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.


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


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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