Senior Lecturer MIT Management Sloan School / Co-Founder of Presencing Institute

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books. He is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, outlines the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change. Otto co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) for leading profound change, which has since activated more than 140,000 users from 185 countries. In 2019, he launched an annual innovation infrastructure called Societal Transformation Lab that supports place-based teams on reinventing economies and learning systems worldwide.