Several years ago the New Story Group read Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers “Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future: (Doubleday, 2004), C.Otto Scharmer “Thoery U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges” (BK Business Book, 2009), and Joseph Jaraowski “Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership” (BK Publishers, 2011).

Grady Mcgonagill joined our group a couple years ago (I’m terrible at keeping time! Perhaps he can fill us in when.) with considerable experience with this movement. He presented the following talks:

To supplement Grady’s references, David Damm-Luhr recommends going to Otto Scharmer’s website, which offers many resources. He found the video “From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies” (at the bottom of the main web page) especially helpful.

Penny Yanuba is attending Otto Scharmer’s course on “Awareness-Based Systems Change with u.lab – How to Sense and Actualize the Future.” Quote from introduction:

In this 90-minute introductory course discover how awareness based systems change and a method of learning from the emerging future allow individuals, organizations, and communities to turn ideas into real world change.

By completing this business and management course, you will learn the basics of Theory U, an approach to leading profound change that has been developed by action researchers at MIT, and practiced by leaders around the world, for over 20 years.

You will also join a global community of awareness based change makers that collaborate in manifold change processes across cultures.

This course is a great introduction to Theory U. For a deeper understanding of how to apply the Theory U methodology to issues that matter to you, enroll in u.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future.


A Nonviolent Economy Beyond Capitalism by Severyn Bruyn, 2016.