Green Festival Speakers

Otto Scharmer Ph.D.



Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, the founding chair of the Presencing Institute, and a founding member of the MIT Green Hub. Scharmer has consulted with global companies, international institutions, and governments in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has codesigned and delivered awardwinning business leadership programs for client firms including Daimler, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fujitsu, and Google. He also facilitates crosssector programs for leaders in business, government, and civil society that focus on building peoples collective capacity to achieve profound innovation and change.

Scharmer holds a Ph.D. in economics and management from WittenHerdecke University in Germany. He introduced the theoretical framework and practice called presencing in his book Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges (2007), and in Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society (2005), coauthored with Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers. With his colleagues, Scharmer has used presencing to facilitate profound innovation and change processes both within companies and across societal systems. More information about Scharmer and his work can be found at: www.presencing.com