Otto Scharmer, a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) and one of the founders of The Presencing Institute, developed one of the most interesting management conceptions. In the booksTheory U. Leading from the Future as it Emerges and Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, (the second was co-written with Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Flowers), Scharmer introduces the concept of Presencing – learning from the future as it emerges.
After researching more than 150 companies located in Silicon Valley, Otto Scharmer implanted a methodology in Theory U for how to set up the processes of change and transformation in any system, such as organizations, institutions, communities, and families. The goal of the practice is to solve social, political, and environmental problems of society, which is possible through the transition from ego to ecothinking.
This transition is possible if one starts to take into account not only their past experience, but also knowledge from the impending future, and to use it in accordance with the values of an open heart (empathy), an open mind (curiosity), and an open will (courage).
Theory U's core theory is to help teams develop a position of Presencing – a level of communication that creates a flow of co-creation. Presencing the emerging future allows one to highlight the best prospects for the future, to build proactive relationships among participants, and to get away from the patterns of the past.