Hello! Let´s continue with the Theory U!
As we saw in the last post, “Presencing,” a blend of the words “presence” and “sensing,” refers to the ability to sense and bring into the present one’s highest future potential—as an individual and as a group. Theory U offers both a new theoretical perspective and a practical social technology. As a theoretical perspective, Theory U suggests that the way in which we attend to a situation determines how a situation unfolds: I attend this way, therefore it emerges that way. As a practical social technology, Theory U offers a set of principles and practices for collectively creating the future that wants to emerge (following the movements of co-initiating, co-sensing, co-inspiring, co-creating, and co-evolving).
Now we will see the five movements of U journey:
1. Co-initiating: build common intent. Stop and listen to others and to what life calls you to do
At the beginning of each project, one or a few key individuals gather together with the intention of making a difference in a situation that really matters to them and to their communities. As they coalesce into a core group, they maintain a common intention around their purpose, the people they want to involve, and the process they want to use. The context that allows such a core group to form is a process of deep listening—listening to what life calls you and others to do.
2. Co-sensing: observe, observe, observe. Go to the places of most potential and listen with your mind and heart wide open.
The limiting factor of transformational change is not a lack of vision or ideas, but an inability to sense—that is, to see deeply, sharply, and collectively. When the members of a group see together with depth and clarity, they become aware of their own collective potential.
3. Presencing: Connect to the source of inspiration and common will. Go to the place of silence and allow the inner knowing to emerge
The essence of presencing is the experience of the coming in of the new and the transformation of the old. Once a group crosses this threshold, nothing remains the same. Individual members and the group as a whole begin to operate with a heightened level of energy and sense of future possibility. Often they then begin to function as an intentional vehicle for the future that they feel wants to emerge.
4. Co-creating: Prototype the new in living examples to explore the future by doing
The prototype is not the stage that comes after the analysis, is part of the sensing and discovery process in which we explore the future by doing rather than by thinking and reflecting.
5. Co-evolving: Embody the new in ecosystems that facilitate seeing and acting from the whole
The co-evolving movement results in an innovation ecosystem that connects high leverage prototype initiatives with the institutions and players that can help take it to the next level of piloting and scaling.
Following is the figure with the five movements of theory U:
And another inspiring video with Otto Scharmer:
PS: Good news! I was approved in a PhD about Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability in Netherlands! I will research about conscious leadership for sustainability! I´m very happy and will keep sharing at this blog interesting issues about sustainability, and now improved with the different visions that I will learn and research!