Theory U

The U: One Process, Five Movements

As the diagram illustrates, we move down one side of the U (connecting us to the world that is outside of our institutional bubble) to the bottom of the U (connecting us to the world that emerges from within) and up the other side of the U (bringing forth the new into the world).

On that journey, at the bottom of the U, lies an inner gate that requires us to drop everything that isn’t essential. This process of letting-go (of our old ego and self) and letting-come (our highest future possibility: our Self) establishes a subtle connection to a deeper source of knowing. The essence of presencing is that these two selves—our current self and our best future Self—meet at the bottom of the U and begin to listen and resonate with each other.

Once a group crosses this subtle threshold, nothing remains the same. Individual members and the group as a whole begin to operate with a heightened level of energy and sense of future possibility. Often they then begin to function as an intentional vehicle for an emerging future.

Learn more about Societal Transformation

The Presencing Institute offers courses throughout the year, most of which are virtual and some of which are largely self-paced. You can learn about some of the basic principles underlying the work by reading Theory-U by Otto Scharmer and/or you can watch some of the videos below.

Watch this introductory video series by the Presencing Institute.

Take a look at Otto Scharmer‘s website for information specifically about his work.

We highly recommend going to the Presencing Institute‘s website for more information on societal transformation.