• Length:
    14 Weeks
  • Effort:
    4–6 hours per week
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  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
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    English, Español, Français, עברית, Indonesian, Italiano, 日本語, Português, Türkçe
  • Course Type:
    Self-paced on your time

Prerequisites

None

About this course

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In the past year, we have witnessed unprecedented disruption. Climate strikes, the COVID-19 pandemic and global protests against racial injustice all point to a pressing need for societal renewal. To catalyze this renewal we need to learn not from the past, but from a future wanting to be born. How to activate our capacity to lean into the emerging future may well be the most important leadership challenge of our time. How do you cultivate curiosity, compassion and courage in the face of prejudice, anger and fear? How do you step into action for the well-being of all?

This course is an introduction to a method called Theory U, developed at MIT, for leading such change in business, government, and civil society contexts worldwide. u.lab will guide you in applying Theory U to an issue that matters to you, building your capacity to lead transformative change in the process. You will do so with fellow change makers locally and around the world. Join us as we co-pioneer new approaches to today’s most important social and environmental challenges.

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What you'll learn

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  • Self-knowledge: The leadership that matters most
  • Capacities of deep listening, precise observation, and dialogue
  • Practices for creating innovations that generate wellbeing in society

The Orientation Module will be made available on September 1st. All other Modules will be made available on September 8th. While you can complete the course at your own pace, the instructors will facilitate Live Sessions on a monthly basis -- as indicated below.

Orientation Module:

In this Introduction to u.lab, you will learn how to use and navigate the social and community elements of the course, and you will find some guidelines to get familiar with the edX platform.

Module 1: Co-Initiating

This module is the actual start of the course, and it consists of an introduction to the deeper sources of our current global challenges. You will learn about the art and practice of deep listening, and set your intention for the journey ahead. There will be a Live Session on September 24th that corresponds to Module 1.

Module 2: Co-Sensing

To sense into your current context, in this module you will learn how to gather data by suspending and listening through practices such as learning journeys and stakeholder interviews. The second half of this module will teach you how to make sense of the data you generate using Social Presencing Theater.

Module 3: Presencing

At the bottom of the U, you will be guided to retreat and reflect, allowing deeper sources of knowledge to emerge by connecting with a future possibility that is in need of us. There will be a Live Session on October 22nd that corresponds to Module 3.

Module 4: Co-Creating

To move upwards after the profound phase of Presencing, in this module you will learn how to stay connected to your deeper sources of inspiration and pay attention in a way that will enable you to move from idea to action -- learning by doing. This module also describes practices to engage in prototyping activities to generate feedback that will help you evolve your inspiration / idea. In a nutshell, this module contains principles to support the evolution from an idea, to a prototype, to an initiative with the potential to scale.

Module 5: Co-Evolving

We all know about many episodes and stories of great transformational change and breakthrough. But at the end of the day they remain merely that: episodes. Sooner or later the larger system snaps back into the old way of operating. Unless the deeper root issues are addressed, transformational episodes may lack the conditions to spread across the remaining system. How to attend to these root issues while prototyping is the question we will explore in this Module. There will be a Live Session on November 19th that corresponds to Module 5.

Module 6: The Journey Ahead

What is emerging globally from u.lab 1x and what is needed to carry momentum forward? What are the next steps in the u.lab journey? There will be a final Live Session on December 10th addressing these questions.

Meet your instructors

Otto Scharmer
Senior Lecturer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dayna Cunningham
Executive Director, MIT CoLab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kelvy Bird
Generative Scribing
Presencing Institute
Arawana Hayashi
Social Presencing Theater
Presencing Institute

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Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.