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Otto Scharmer


Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program, and co-founded the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness (GNH) Lab. He also is a Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Leadership Models. He introduced the concept of "presencing"—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges (2009) and Presence: Exploring Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society (2005; co-authored with P. Senge, J. Jaworski, and B. S. Flowers), which have been translated into fifteen languages. His book Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies (co-authored with Katrin Kaufer) applies Theory U to the transformation of business, society, and self. More information about Dr. Scharmer and his work can be found at and

Author's Books

Rethinking Economics

Lectures and Seminars on World Economics (CW 340–341)

Rudolf Steiner
Foreword by Otto Scharmer
Introduction by Christopher Bamford
Preface by Mark Finser
Translated by Peter Clemm