u.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future

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We live in a time of disruptive change. How to activate our capacity to lean into the emerging future may well be the most important leadership challenge of our time. How do you cultivate curiosity, compassion and courage in the face of prejudice, anger and fear?

This course is an introduction to a method called Theory U, developed at MIT, for leading such change in business, government, and civil society contexts worldwide.

The only prerequisite for this course is u.lab 15.671.0x, an introductory overview--which you can complete in just 90 minutes. Building on the intention you set in u.lab 15.671.0x, 15.671.1x will help you to apply the Theory U method to an issue that matters to you, with fellow change makers locally and around the world. Join us as we co-pioneer new approaches to today’s most important social and environmental challenges using a method of awareness based systems change.

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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
It's been one of the most inspiring courses I have ever taken. Not only does it offer extremely relevant contents but it also sets you in action. If you consider yourself a change maker, it'a a must! It pushes you to reflect on your identity, your Work and the next actions you would like to take in very specific forms.
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3 years, 11 months ago
An eye-opening and inspiring course with the most important message nowadays: we have to change our minds, otherwise we cannot answer the massive challenges we are facing. This course helps you to re-think many things and accompanies you on your journey heading to becoming a better human. A must for everyone who is fed up with the existing system that is the problem itself and is ready to change her/himself first in order make the first step.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This is possibly the best class I have ever taken. It was truly transformational. It has unlocked me and helped me to take my business to a richer, more meaningful level. I am taking the class again this next semester, just for the inspiration.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
For anyone who sees your world, street or heart as a canvas to create positive change stroke by stroke, this smart, thoughtful, enriching course will teach you practical and meaningful ways to welcome the emerging universe collaboratively. Experienced, knowledgeable, inspiring instructors. Rich inter-disciplinary content that draws from economics, philosophy, mindfulness, dance and systems management among others. A very rewarding learning experience--and the MOOC served as a dynamic learning vehicle. Go ahead--take the class, shape that canvas!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
The course has been very helpful for me. It has been a support to my heart's desire: help others become more aware of who they are and how can they make this world a better place. The course touches subjects that inspire, for it invites us to first look inside ourselves, then observe the world around us and finally act upon that which we feel our heart wants to help with - not only as individuals but as a collectivity. I also like that it uses terms not so alien to the corporate world: it helps many people relate to the course without categorizing it as a "hippie experience".
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3 years, 11 months ago
Gracias a este curso aprendí un metodo para escuchar sistematicamente , con todos mis sentidos, lo que ocurre a mi alrededor. Todos escuchamos todo el tiempo, pero lo hacemos instintivamente. Al integrar un método, somos conscientes de nuestros errores, de los "ruidos" que se interponen entre nosotros y los demás, de los grados de profundidad que requiere escuchar profundamente a nuestro entorno. Esto nos permite dominar nuestra manera de escuchar, mejorarla, ponernos de manera profunda y sistemática en el lugar de aquellos que son distintos y con quienes, sin embargo debemos lograr convivir por el bien del conjunto de nuestra sociedad y de las generaciones que vendran. Los testimonios de los invitados fueron tremendamente iluminadores.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
Having worked in socially responsible causes for a couple of decades, I found the content intuitive. I am certain its good for beginners. Otherwise, I felt the course focused on staff management more than content. Good luck. I am an auditor and will listen in to the next station.
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3 years, 11 months ago
For me, this exposure has begun an ongoing process of learning that will remain deep inside of me for years to come. I cannot say I have changed, yet, but I am no longer the same. Questios I have asked myself for years have been answered, and replaced with other questions that I know, as I work for actively on finding the answers from now on, will put me on the path of improving my quality of life, of the ones around me, and help me contribute actively as an agent of change. The quality of the information, the material, the collaborators, the facilitators, the peer Ulabbers from all over the world is way beyond words. This course is A MUST for everyone!
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
I have worked as a consultant and successfully used a bunch of tools that help organisations become more effective, more customer focused, etc. – without actually tackling the core issues facing humanity today. U-Labs builds on MITs great tradition of organisational development – but with a step change – Otto Scharmer’s Theory U gets right to the core of our real problems – humanity’s disconnect with ourselves, our society and our planet. It exposes the toxic bubbles we’ve created and tracks the cause to its source – our blind spot, consciousness itself. From this spot, Theory U builds a picture of how an increasingly aware humanity can build the resilient and sustainable solutions we need in every area of life. And U-Labs provides a rich toolkit for participants to structure these solutions in their lives, their enterprises and societies. I work now in a social enterprise incubator in Bristol, and 20 people joined the course... I have worked as a consultant and successfully used a bunch of tools that help organisations become more effective, more customer focused, etc. – without actually tackling the core issues facing humanity today. U-Labs builds on MITs great tradition of organisational development – but with a step change – Otto Scharmer’s Theory U gets right to the core of our real problems – humanity’s disconnect with ourselves, our society and our planet. It exposes the toxic bubbles we’ve created and tracks the cause to its source – our blind spot, consciousness itself. From this spot, Theory U builds a picture of how an increasingly aware humanity can build the resilient and sustainable solutions we need in every area of life. And U-Labs provides a rich toolkit for participants to structure these solutions in their lives, their enterprises and societies. I work now in a social enterprise incubator in Bristol, and 20 people joined the course here, creating a real buzz. U-Labs is becoming an operating system (uOS?) for innovation hubs, resulting in transformation of communities – rather than ‘just’ more growth for corporations. The course text ‘Leading from the Emerging Future’ is a clear guide to our problems, and the steps to the solution. And the course helps individuals and groups structure these steps. Theory U is a huge synthesis – and U-Labs makes it practical. It’s hard to imagine anything more positive for humanity, or to recommend it highly enough...
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3 years, 11 months ago
This is the first time I have taken a MOOC. While it required more time and effort from me (more than the estimated 4.5 hours per week), they were time and effort well spent. Otto and his team including the Guest Professors are all "puzzle pieces" that fit so well together. The content, format, methodologies, and resources are awesome! It would be very difficult for me to pick a "favorite" component of this course, but if I have to that would be the Coaching Circle. This course is a must take for all change-makers, do-gooders, collaborators, co-creators and everyone else who are interested in looking at current issues in a different angle and coming up with more responsive solutions.
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3 years, 11 months ago
If I want to recommend only one MOOC from many I followed this will that one. Is the best MOOC I have ever seen. MOOC 4.0 is a reference in MOOC trend, a new frontier, the new standard. My experience in learning hub was transformative and I am proud to be one of the participants in this new experience.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Innovative Content for foster innovation. A 21st centurieth course. A MOOC worth to do. A course which change your life. You will learn from experts how to become a changemaker. You'll learn from a worldwide community of more than 30.000 people
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
An amazing course and an incredible experience, I would like to thank you for offering such an incredible content in a MOOC format and creating so many networks with meaning around the world. Hope you offer very soon the ULab 2.0!! Cheers
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
The U-Lab process is an elegant blend of process and content that challenges and supports. Instructors invite and model the journey, but keep the responsibility of self-directed learning intact. The manner in which the videos were filmed, as well as the social media and discussion boards both exposed me/us to consider new perspectives and invited openness; and at the same time created an intimacy (even among thousands of people). By far one of the best on-line learning experiences I've participated in!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Great and meaningful experience! If you want to learn how to develop more true leadership and more connection with yourself and others:participate in the next MOOC. It took me 7 till 8 hours per week. But I did that with great pleasure. It is a very rich learning enviroment: the videos, coaching cirkle, a lot of tools and instruments. the hubs.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
This is an amazing class, delivered in a fantastic way. This class provide such a deep, profound change in our way to approach the world and the issues at hand. It is both inspiring, energetic, and also very down-to-earth and practical. It gave me a sense of belonging to a community of kindred spirits. Otto Scharmer is incredibly charismatic and his team helped create a very nice learning platform and experience. I would deeply recommend this class to anyone interested in impacting the world around them.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
A perfect marriage of new perspective and practical application. Takes something that many change makers have been sensing and articulates it in a way that is both broad and deep--and directly relevant to the work you either are doing, or wish you were.
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3 years, 11 months ago
This was my first MOOC and my experience has set the bar really high. I never imagined how I could enjoy a truly meaningful and personal course along with 36,000 other people. The coaching circle provided connection with live people and authentic reflection. The lectures were stimulating and inspiring. The faculty appeared honest and open and an obvious effort to include learning styles and to recognize various worldviews was appreciated. All in all, 10 out of 10. I'm inspired and have already taking action based on my goals. Thank you MIT, ULab, EdX, Twitter, faculty, and all the other collaborators.
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3 years, 11 months ago
U-lab, is one of the best courses I leared in my life. it gave me not only a very interesting knowleg but also very good tools I am going to use in my work. The ways we learn are diversed and very Challenging. I Recommends this course to enyone how wants to be a Changemaker , whith in him or her self or in his environment, work or society.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
I missed some improvements on the web platform, otherwise the course was excellent. I loved the closeness of the faculty, the efficiency of the method, and the variety of the participants.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
Una gran experiencia. Te da herramientas y técnicas para poder escuchar, percibir y crear desde las infinitas posibilidades que surgen cuando contactas la mejor versión de ti mismo y de la realidad. Totalmente recomendable.
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3 years, 11 months ago
I think the U Lab is the most interesting and performing change process and practice I have ever experienced. The thre aspects: Content, Instructor and Provider work as a whole and contribute to give the participant a system view of the issue and a very easy to attend the course. Congratulations to the Team: Presencing Institute and EdX.
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3 years, 11 months ago
The u.lab experience is an interesting MOOC. Meeting people in local hub, sharing narratives in case clinics, sympathy walk and prototyping to name just a few parts of the course. This can be a bottum up way of thinking about our mental health, the way we do business and our society. With the added bonus of the precensing institute were partipants share their experiences and can find people with similar ideas. I have found the course an eye opener and will recommend it to my friends.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Great course. Found the case clinics and relationships built within it the most rewarding part of the experience. We are working out ways to stay in touch and maybe work together on a prototype! Very practical outcomes.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
This course offers an excellent experience designed to transform your ways of feeling, thinking, listening and responding to the world in your work and personal life. Breadth of vision, care and deep preparation is evident in all the materials. These are folk who 'talk their walk'. The materials and the approach encourage a reflective and engaged approach to personal and professional development. There is a continual focus on how we connect with our work and with the world. I have known and worked with these ideas for a while, but the course helped me deepen, strengthen and extend my understanding. For me, it worked well having local hubs where we could practise the skills and learn from each other. This course has helped me hone my plans for my 'true work' and to consider deeply what I need to learn and let go of in a continual conversation between myself and the world. I am deeply appreciative and recommend this course to anyone w... This course offers an excellent experience designed to transform your ways of feeling, thinking, listening and responding to the world in your work and personal life. Breadth of vision, care and deep preparation is evident in all the materials. These are folk who 'talk their walk'. The materials and the approach encourage a reflective and engaged approach to personal and professional development. There is a continual focus on how we connect with our work and with the world. I have known and worked with these ideas for a while, but the course helped me deepen, strengthen and extend my understanding. For me, it worked well having local hubs where we could practise the skills and learn from each other. This course has helped me hone my plans for my 'true work' and to consider deeply what I need to learn and let go of in a continual conversation between myself and the world. I am deeply appreciative and recommend this course to anyone willing to shift your ways of being and working, to listen to what is emerging in your life and co-create your future with others and with the world.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
Exceptional design and implementation! Only superceded by its vision and impact. Just think, 25,000 students early 2015. 45,000 students in this course. How many more over the coming years? All focusing on leading edge means of making the planet a healthy place for all life forms. This is the planet waking up to itself, caring for itself. What a time to be alive. Thank you MIT U-Lab!
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
Fabulous course - recommend it highly! Well structured. Very easy virtual interface. Enjoyed the community building. The skills I have learnt will be an asset for life.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
Impeccable, transformational, exquisite, inspirational, spectacular - don't miss it next time it's offered!!! Outstanding instruction and authentic presence by Otto Scharmer and team on a world-class platform.
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3 years, 11 months ago
A very, very interesting and to-do course for everybody who thinks about change and doesn't find the clues in usual sources. Here, the sources are connecting with the inner self, with my own person and my deep connections with others in society. Not about how to run in another's running, but about how to run your own running in the world real running towards life. And doing that in your personal, social and professional lives.
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Excellent course !. I found people engaged in this course, with great wisdom that integrates polarities, the best science and the best of consciousness. Highly recommended for those who want a qualitative leap in business, society and ourselves.
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