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4.0 lab - Inventing the Future of Farm, Education, Finance, Health and Leadership

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About the course

Many people around the world are working on truly sustainable projects at both small and large scale. Positive solutions are being created with proven results, yet exist for the most part isolated and unconnected. Imagine if we could connect these efforts and people – so that we might successfully collaborate and collectively work towards an economy that generates wellbeing for all.

In this time of upheaval and unprecedented change, the challenges we face are highly interrelated. No individual or institution can solve them alone. We need cross-sector infrastructures that support a true innovation ecology.

4.0 Lab’s key idea is very simple: to strengthen the next wave of systemic innovation in five core areas of our society: Food, Finance, Health, Education, and Leadership.


...a journey based on the U-Process that brings awareness-based systems change and key practitioners together to tackle their specific challenges. Together they co-create a vibrant innovation ecology of cross-sectoral initiatives and prototypes.

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4.0 Lab is...

...a one-year innovation journey that incorporates in-person meetings, sensing activities, and an online infrastructure that supports collaboration, peer learning, and co-creation. Co-initiated by the Presencing Institute, 4.0 Lab will include and connect key stake holders and innovators who need each other to transform the systems they operate within.

Innovators will work together across sectors to explore new modes of cooperation and invent new forms of learning and wellbeing. Through the Presencing Institute and its u.lab infrastructure, these initiatives will be professionally supported and made accessible and media-visible, becoming pacesetters in a collective global movement of change.

Who should attend

An invitation to join this 4.0 Lab

We invite you and key players in your organization or initiative to join this lab, as a team (2-3 people). It is also possible to participate as an individual.

Join us if your organization/initiative operates in any of these areas: Food, Finance, Health, Education or Leadership in Europe, and if your team wants to:

  • Be drivers of change
  • Move initiatives from idea to action
  • Take your organization and/or project to the next level
  • Work across sectors
  • Step into/explore new territories of change

Together, the participants will co-create: a shared vision and intention, a shared narrative, innovative actions and prototypes, inspiring case stories, and holding spaces that generate wellbeing for all.

Trust the experts

Otto Scharmer

He is founding chair of the Presencing Institute, and chairs the MIT IDEAS program. Scharmer helps groups of diverse stakeholders from business, government and civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. He co-founded the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness (GNH) Lab, w...


Arawana Hayashi

Arawana’s pioneering work as a choreographer, performer and educator is deeply sourced in collaborative improvisation. She currently heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater (SPT) for the Presencing Institute. Working with Otto Scharmer and colleagues at the Presencing Institute, she bring...


Julie Arts

Julie is an economist, change facilitator, and innovator in activating systemic transformation. As a PI core faculty member and senior consultant she works internationally, designing and hosting multi-stakeholder transition processes and leadership programs. Key initiatives include Ubuntu.Lab (Af...


Florentina Bajraktari

Florentina supports the Presencing Institute as a project manager and coordinator for Transforming Capitalism lab, Communities4Change and upcoming initiatives. She has a Masters in Political Science from the Free University of Brussels and a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability...


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