Hello! Today we will start with a citation from Peter Senge:
“Strategic planning towards sustainability requires engaging in profound change, an inner shift in peoples values, aspirations and behaviors guided by their mental models, as well as an outer shift in processes, strategies and practices.”
But, how to make this profound change? Hum, let´s see what Theory U can do about…
Theory U was developed by Otto Scharmer. Its essence is “learning from the future as it emerges”, which he calls “Presencing” (combination of words “presence” and “sensing”).
Scharmer also say that presencing is the “vision of our deepest source”. It is the state that we experience when we open not only our minds but our hearts and our wills – our urge to act – in order to deal with what is emerging around us as new realities.
Open Mind: Ability to see something with new eyes. Suspending our voice of judgment, shutting down (or embracing and changing) the habit of judgment based on past experience, it means opening up a new space of inquiry and wonder. Access our sources of intelligence quotient.
Open Heart: The ability to redirect attention and use the heart as an organ of perception
(“seeing with the heart”). Access our sources of emotional quotient. The mind works like a parachute, as the old saying goes – it only functions when open. The same applies to the intelligence of the heart. It only becomes available to us when we cultivate our capacity to
appreciate and love. In the words of biologist Humberto Maturana, “Love is the only emotion that enhances our intelligence.”
Open Will: While an open heart allows us to see a situation from the whole, the open will
enables us to begin to act from the emerging whole. Is the ability to let go, letting go our old identities and intentions and tune into the future that is seeking to emerge through me or us. Access our sources of spiritual quotient.
Following is the figure with the movements of theory U:
In the next post we will see more about these movements.
See bellow an interesting video with Otto Scharmer :
For more about Theory U: www.presencing.com