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U.LAB 2015: Participate in a personal & collective growth process

The course and videos are still online – it’s free

What – The image below is depicting the learning process during the weeks. It might look a bit complex for the beginner. The title of this free online course says it all: Transforming business, society and self. Scroll down to the process graphics of Theory U.

Why – It is all about learning how to create a space for the transformational processes that we urgently need – and on all levels – personally, locally and globally.

How – Recommendation to attend the U.LAB MOOC (free) – the videos of the first course are still accessible here: presencing.com/ulab/overview — 28.000 people enrolled to participate in the online learning space, local hubs are now emerging globally, the journey continues, the actions unfold in many cities …
Missed the course? There will be a next time to attend.

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Theory U (Presencing Institute, Otto Scharmer)

Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from. Since it emerged around 2006, Theory U has come to be understood in three primary ways: first as a framework; second, as a method for leading profound change; and third, as a way of being – connecting to the more authentic of higher aspects of our self. …” (presencing.com/theoryu) Theory U Read more here: presencing.com/theoryu

Does the U process fit for you? You need a fast evaluation right now?

No clue about the approach? If you google there are a lot of video talks of Otto Scharmer out there, but often they are lengthy. Please invest just that ten minutes and watch this one to get a good idea what it is all about.

. Get more info about methods for the change process on this related page:

Creating a minimal tool set for online collaboration

Background Fukushima Open Dialogue

  • Since the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima following the Tsunami in 2011 (wikipedia) the situation is still very difficult – there are efforts now in October 2013 to ask for help of international experts
  • Living Bridges Planet network wants to be part of this process and facilitate building bridges
  • There is a facebook group Fukushima Open Dialogue – The Asia Institute and I found that (as usually in groups like this) the facebook platform is extremely limited in usability, when one needs to share knowledge – this gave me an impulse, to create a collaborative space on google docs [web address will be published, when the structure is a bit more mature; the graphics shows an image cutout of a slide for brainstorming]
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How to transform a Facebook group into a collaborative ecosystem?

  • Facebook groups have very limited usability to organize knowledge flow and management. But many FB groups want to stay on facebook because of the reach and friends still being there.
  • The solution is to combine the best of both worlds — facebook reach and Google+ collaboration tools, google docs (and possibly Google+ hangouts).
  • The metaphors of river (fast moving information), pond (for accessible knowledge) – and table (for the synchronous communication and getting close) are very helpful to understand the workings of this minimal ecosystem.

The youtube video is creative commons –
social foresight network 2013 – creative commons BY-NC-SA

An important slide in the little video:

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