Otto Scharmer

About Dr. Claus Otto Scharmer

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Management, and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation that helps leaders from business, government, civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. Scharmer introduced  the concept of “presencing”—learning  from the emerging  future—in his bestselling books Theory U. He is coauthor of Leading from the Emerging Future, that outlines eight acupuncture points of transforming capitalism. His new book, The Essentials of Theory U (2018), focuses on the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.  In 2015 he cofounded the MITx u.lab , a massive open online course for leading profound change that has since activated a global eco-system of societal and personal renewal involving more than 100,000 users from 185 countries. Otto earned his diploma (with distinction) and PhD (summa cum laude) from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT (2015) and the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award (2016). In 2018 he was ranked #5 among the world’s top 30 education professionals by .


Tuesday, November 5, 2019 
3:30 PM  Doors 
4:00 PM  Program 

Memorial Hall
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

General Public:  $20
UMAA Discount: $18
UMN Faculty & Staff: $10
Students: $5  Free (limit 1 per U Card)