Learning from the Emerging Future


A lire : Principes du Presencing : une réflexion sur la pratique

The past few months have been ripe with activity, and we're delighted to bring you a taste of it in this news update.

Some progress of note: Seventy-two students have graduated from the two-year advanced Masterclass program; the 2nd Presencing Global Forum in Berlin brought together a global community (see video here); a "Mission U" Action Learning Week in Berlin marked the start of a collaboration with five European Social Entrepreneurship Schools; and the first IDEAS China program launched a six-month, U-based action learning program for key leaders in Chinese Government, Chinese State Owned Enterprises, and Tsinghua University, to conclude with a Graduation workshop in Beijing in mid-October.

A "Global Well-being and GNH Lab" has launched, directed at "Innovating Beyond GDP". With this, we hope to contribute to the development and implementation of new indicators that can measure economic progress and well-being in a way that helps us redirect innovation in government, business, and civil society towards sustainability, resilience, and awareness. This project is a collaboration with the Government of Bhutan (the Prime Minister of the Bhutan is one Patron of this Lab), the German Government (GIZ), Brazil's Natura and likely partners from China, the US, and other countries.

Overall, we hope to support an emerging movement that transforms our society so that we can address the urgent challenges of our time.

Find below additional news items submitted by members of our community in different parts of the world. Enjoy the read!

Janice Spadafore, Katrin Kaeufer, Kelvy Bird, Marian Goodman, and Otto Scharmer

IDEAS Indonesia Moving into Prototypes

By Dr Ben Chan, Singapore and Frans A. N. Sugiarta, Indonesia

The goal of the IDEAS program is to create a platform for next generation leaders from all sectors (government, corporate and NGO) to co-innovate prototypes for a society that is sustainable, just, inclusive, and aware.

During the 9-month program, participants use U-based action learning techniques to develop prototype initiatives across sectors and organizational boundaries. Here are examples of prototypes that resulted from the 2011/12 program:

  1. CLEAN SENAYAN RIVER, JAKARTA: one group works with privately owned organizations surrounding the river - Senayan Golf, Hotel Mulia and Senayan City - to come up with an innovative solution to clean up the river;
  2. SUARA ANAK PAPUA, PAPUA: This group wishes to give an outlet to the voices of the children of Papua and includes providing them with cameras;
  3. INTEGRATED MARINE ECO-ECONOMY & EMPOWERMENT IN SARANGAN: Sarangan Island in Bali is already a site for coral reef transplantation programs, and this group wants to add an element of ecotourism to strengthen the economy of the people;
  4. NATURE THROUGH ECONOMIC PROSPERITY: The Javan gibbon on Gunung Ciremai, West Java is an endemic species currently listed by IUCN as critically endangered. The idea behind this prototype is to conserve nature by strengthening the economic prosperity of the villagers who live on the mountain slope:
  5. DEFENSE BY PROSPERITY: This group focuses on a small archipelago in Maluku Tenggara Barat regency. In this strategic border defense post, the villagers in the area are fishermen by trade who often suffer from competition with illegal fishermen of foreign nationalities. The group wishes to set up a marine 'no-take' zone to serve as a breeding ground to replenish the fish population, and also aid the villagers' livelihood by improving their fishing methods and tools.

Social Presencing Theater

By Arawana Hayashi, USA

Embodied Presence practices and Social Presencing Theater are being explored and deepened by a training group at the Vaekstcentert in Norre Snede, Denmark. The question that most interests us is: "How do we keep tuned to the 'social presencing channel' which is our capacity to act from the whole and not just from our individual experience?" We identified several ways:

  1. Self-consciousness which produces superficial reactivity;
  2. The mental "channel" which allows to see others as "them" and analyzes what should be done; and
  3. Feelings which allow us to experience love and a sense that we are part of a shared, communal field.

This capacity to activate what we call the social presencing "channel" allows us to experience and make choices from a sense of the spacious whole. One of our goals is to practice the courage to stay open to social presencing, and to experience the natural creativity embedded in each moment.


Youth of U (YoU) Program in Singapore

By Erwin Chan, Singapore

The Youth of U (YoU) Program in Singapore aims to assist youth between 16 - 35 years old to discover their potential to be entrepreneurial leaders who can initiate and sustain systemic transformational change.

It focuses on two main age groups, 16 - 24 years and 25 - 35 years. The young group are pre-university and university level. At this level, we have co-developed the Asian Science Enterprise Challenge (ASEC) with United in Diversity and Surya Institute in Indonesia. ASEC aims to equip students in the U process and allows them to apply it in a practical way through a regional technology entrepreneurship-based challenge. Since 2005, over 500 students in Singapore, Indonesia and China have participated.

The older group consists of young working professionals who are beginning their own leadership paths within their organisations. We have initiated sessions - called YoU Cafe - to uncover their transformational potential and presencing awareness in a series of half-day workshops. Since 2011, two sessions have been organised and about 40 participants have participated. We are continuing to focus our efforts in developing leaders (using the U process) in Singapore. There are many opportunities to co-create new initiatives and programs, especially on a global scale, to connect our leaders to the larger community.


Wisdom Traditions for Contemporary American Society and Culture

By Reola Phelps and Susan Skjei, USA

The Presencing Institute is working with the Lenz Foundation on a two-year process designed to help Lenz Foundation grantees gain experience and expertise in launching and sustaining collaborations with each other and with partner institutions in other sectors, effectively leveraging their combined resources and capabilities. A nine-month capacity building program starting in September 2013 will consist of two weekend retreats, four webinars, group coaching, and individualized organizational consulting. The Lenz Foundation's mission is to foster the growth and development of an authentic American Buddhism that takes its inspiration from the wisdom traditions of the East but adopts new forms, new approaches, and new applications that are uniquely suited to contemporary American society and culture. This program is being led by Presencing associates Susan Skjei, Arawana Hayashi, and Reola Phelps.

Five Introductory Lectures in Theory U

In the past few years, we have videotaped lectures that Otto has given in the Global Classroom. The sessions focus on:

  1. The Blind Spot
  2. Sensing
  3. Connecting to Source
  4. Prototyping
  5. Global Transformation & Self

Each lecture gives an overview, examples, and practical tools. You can purchase them as downloads or MP3s from the Presencing Institute Website. For the US and Canada only the lectures are also available as DVDs.