Otto Scharmer is a senior lecturer at MIT, Boston, a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. A global action researcher, Otto works with leaders in government, global companies, and NGOs to achieve profound innovation across sectors and cultures. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector leadership capacity building in China and Indonesia.
In collaboration with his colleagues, he introduced the concept of “presencing” —learning from the emerging future — in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge, J. Jaworski, and B. S. Flowers). His book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies (co-authored with K. Kaufer) applies the concept of mindfulness to the transformation of capitalism.
In 2015 he co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) that uses a blended o2o (online-to-offline) learning platform to enable transformational leadership learning for tens of thousands of participants in hundreds of countries.
Otto earned his diploma (with distinction) and PhD (summa cum laude) from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. In 2015 he received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT.