"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, the u-school for Transformation 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's and u-school for Transformation 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
​​Protect the Flame: Circles of Radical Presence in Times of Collapse

In Otto Scharmer's recent article "Protecting the Flame," he asks: When systems collapse, what are we left with? The response: "we are left with each other. We are left with our relationships. With how we relate to Mother Nature, how we relate to each other, and how we relate to our emerging Selves."

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

In Part 2 of his article on Collective Action from Shared Awareness, Otto Scharmer continues his 10-point meditation on our current moment. In this piece, you are invited to look at the current planetary crisis through the lens of presencing; the lens of a social field shaped by the grammar of co-creation. 

Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness — Part 1: A 12-Point Meditation on Our Current Moment

In Part 1, of his article on Collective Action from Shared Awareness, Otto Scharmer unpacks some of the deeper systemic forces at play on Putin's war in Ukraine, and looking at the current situation through the lens of absencing, the lens of a social field shaped by the grammar of destruction.

Democratizing Access To The Tools For Transformation

Otto Scharmer asks us to consider how can we build our collective capacities for transformation to bring about a just, inclusive, and regenerative society for all, in the face of accelerating social and environmental breakdowns. Read more about our big goal for whole-person, whole-systems innovation in the vision for u-school, activating millions of changemakers globally.

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

This Otto Scharmer's article has been translated into six languages. The US election felt like a planetary watershed moment, with implications well beyond the United States. This moment has an exterior and an interior dimension.

Action Confidence: Laying Down the Path in Walking

This article is co-authored by Otto Scharmer and Eva Pomeroy, about our opportunity to reshape the world. How can we nurture creativity, connection and innovation at all levels of the system? 


Keynotes and Conversations with Otto Scharmer

This talk was part of the Collective Trauma Summit 2022: Creating a Global Healing Movement. You can still watch Highlights from the Summit at https://collectivetraumasummit.com

NESA #OLE21 Keynote and Q&A with Maddy Hewitt

u-lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self 

Re-Imagining the 21st Century University

Transforming our economies from ego to eco. 

As part of the Earth4All project, this paper explores how to transform the 21st-century economic system to become more just and sustainable. Otto Scharmer argues for the need to create a learning infrastructure to make this transformation possible.


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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