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Theory U Images

All the pictures you see here, and described in the new introduction of the Theory U book to be released August 2016, were originally created in live social contexts as real-time container-building and reflective devices, onto walls ranging from 8 to 30 feet, with dry erase or chalk markers. More about the context and journey that gave rise to these pictures to come...

 

Crossing the Threshold

Imagine a leap from our current self to our emerging future Self. We are facing that threshold, gap, chasm or abyss on all levels of scale: as individuals, groups, organizations, and as a global community. How can we activate our deeper levels of humanity in order to bridge and cross that divide? This is the organizing question and journey of Theory U...

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Disruption

The issues outside are a mirror of the issues inside. During the u.lab Ecology gathering in Berlin 2015, a conversation bubbled up on the shadows of society, as if disruption itself knocked on the door of our attention, almost forcing inquiry into darkness. To navigate and hold the breakdown, we engaged the discomfort by opening the mind-heart-will...

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Intention

In response to disruption, we muddle through, move apart from one another, and move together. The two curves – absencing and presencing – simply do not exist without each other. It is the constant stitching between the two, not a vacillation but an integration, that realigns our attention with our deeper intention…

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Inversion

“Every object, well contemplated, opens up a new organ of perception within us.” Goethe knew about the deep connectedness between the inner and the outer. In order to become instruments for real transformative change, we have to bend the beam of attention back onto the observing self, thus, help the system to sense and see itself…

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Social Field

We are part of a global movement that brings together the streams of civil society, mindfulness, and action research while cultivating the soil of the social field into the emerging field of the future, awakening an ego-to-eco shift in awareness and consciousness at its root. In this image we can see ourselves through the eyes of the whole. Merging key themes from the online and offline experiences, we have turned the camera back on our own process and u.lab journey…

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Earth Rising

As we sense and feel the future, we cannot see and specify precisely what it is. Yet real-time connection to that space is the guiding lifeline. During a Social Presencing Theater practice, with 40 global representatives of the u.lab ecology engaged, the person embodying the role of Earth spoke to us: “I am, and I will be,” representing a shift of our awareness in listening to the tonality of the planet and what it calls on us to do...

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u.lab Ecology

Here we see the footprints and essence of the ecology gathering in Berlin. What stands out most clearly is the flow of the blue, as if the water of the three streams merges into a delta of the open mind-heart-will, moving out into an unknown place of calling, as gestured or conducted by Earth herself…

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