global co-sensing in the making

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 | Uncategorized

a week ago we launched the Presencing Institute Community, a global social network on presencing practice. within about a week we have 430 people signing up from all over the place. really cool. the site has a Global U map where u can see from what places people are joining the community. watching that map becoming more and more populated and watching this global community to come into being over the past few days has been an interesting process: it is as if a new web of human connection and heightened awareness is being born globally. NOW. being a part of this opening is a really interesting process. it will be a key area of prototyping this year to further evolve this community into a global community of co-sensing and co-creating a new world. we need entirely new connections across institutional and sector boundaries. maybe this platform can be one of these new vehicles that we will need to meet the challenges that are ahead of us in 2009 and the next ten or so years.

here is how u join that place

–otto

4 Comments to global co-sensing in the making

Hala Makarem
December 31, 2008

Otto – yesterday, I found myself reflecting on the same thing. I captured it and posted what came to me as a conversation in the community space.
I want to thank you for facilitating the birth of this community, and for Kelvy’s wonderful creation. I personally feel that I finally found a place for connectedness and expression in a language that others can also relate to.
Thank you.

Simon
January 6, 2009

Hi Otto,

This is my first, and most definitely not last, contribution to this blog. I consider your entries and all comments critical clues to gaining a better understanding of how Theory U is being understood by others. I learn a lot from this process. Thanks for this medium.

One of the most interesting and thought provoking areas described in Theory U was your consistent explanation of how the phenomena of emergence and anti-emergence manifest in society. It struck a deep cord with me because this is such a fundamental reality that we experience in our daily lives. Instead, our society (often times I do this as well) seems to always default back to positional approaches based on limited parochial perspectives (contemporary market capitalism, religious fanaticism, fundamentalism etc.). In other words, we revert back to the process of “downloading” from past experiences.

Personally, I realized how deeply this was hidden from my field of view (or more importantly from my field of attention). My questions to you pertains to locating Theory U in the field of system thinking.

In your book, you mention that systems thinking looked at the holistic interaction of parts, but continued to learn from past experiences, where as Theory U heuristically presents the possibility (and reality) of learning from the future.

Would this then be the development of Senge’s “Mental Models?” How would you locate this?

Thanks again,
Simon

Max
January 15, 2009

I joined this community very recently.

It’s already one of the liveliest and most inspiring places on the internet.

ottoscharmer
January 19, 2009

Hala, Simon, Max–great to read your comments. Simon, on your systems thinking and mental model question: yes, mental models and also system dynamics (which is the name of the systems thinking school that Senge’s mentor Jay Forrester developed at MIT) are both examples of learning from the experiences of the past. they do not tap into the field of the emerging future. so they are very useful. but also limited in that regard.
–otto

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