Otto Scharmer, PhD
Founding chair of the Presencing Institute
Otto Scharmer is a senior lecturer at the MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is founding chair of both the Presencing Institute—a research community dedicated to social innovation—and the MIT IDEAS Program, which takes leaders in civil society, government, and business from Indonesia and China on a nine-month action-learning journey in order to cocreate profound social innovation in their communities.
With the German government and the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Centre, a nongovernmental organization in Bhutan, Otto cofounded the Global Well-being and GNC Lab, which brings together innovative thinkers from developing and industrialized countries to prototype new ways of measuring well-being and social progress.
He has worked with governments in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and led leadership and innovation programs at corporations such as Alibaba, Eileen Fisher, Google, Natura, and PriceWaterhouse.
Through MITx and edX.org he currently creates the U-Lab, which blends for the first time a MOOC (massive open online course) with a social technology of cosensing and cocreating emerging futures. He is coauthor, most recently, of Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies.