Activating and Holding Transformative Change Online

Presencing Institute

Presencing Institute


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Who should attend

Whether you are an executive, a manager, an educator, or a movement maker, the capacity to blend digital technologies with state-of-the-art systems thinking and awareness-based leadership tools is at the heart of most big leadership challenges that companies, governments, international institutions, and institutions of education are facing today.

About the course


Activating and Holding Transformative Change Online is a new frontier of leadership, facilitating greater accessibility and participation.

How do you run effective virtual meetings that connect people not only on a mental level, but by engaging all our intelligences: head, heart, and hand? How do you structure novel online-to-offline learning architectures that allow you to build transformational learning and change environments at scale? How can you activate ecosystems across the digital divide?

This intensive 4-day program integrates over 10 years’ experience in creating effective and transformative online spaces. It allows participants to learn methods and tools for generative digital engagement; practice creating online work and learning environments for their teams, groups or organizations; and improve their own capability and competence to hold the space for transformational change in contexts that are virtual and disrupted.

Anticipated learning


This first day introduces the foundations of digital leadership in times of disruption, based on tools and practices of Theory U and Otto Scharmer’s work.


Track 1: Facilitating Meetings Online Effectively This track explores how to design and lead an effective and professional meeting online, allowing for high-quality attention and presence to enable optimal outcomes. Our need to meet and be in conversation has never been more critical. However, most of us are used to meaningful dialogue happening in-person, face-to-face. This track therefore seeks to make explicit the key ingredients required for successful online meetings.

Track 2: O2O (online-to-offline) innovation and learning platforms/projects Increasingly educators and leaders are being called to integrate online learning into their teaching and change work. - How can we utilize digital platforms and tools while ensuring generative and empowered engagement? - How do we design learning experiences that blend the best of technology with the best of in-person learning? - How can we involved people across regions in a collective learning and change process? In this track we will explore key principles and practices for blended (O2O), whole person (head, heart and hand) learning and change environments for small groups or at scale.

Faculty Engagement: An opportunity to put questions to the Course Faculty about the application of digital leadership.


Faculty Engagement: An opportunity to put questions to the Course Faculty about the application of digital leadership.

Track 3: Social Arts Online Social arts provide a practice field for developing new collective leadership capacities. In this track we will explore: * How may we develop embodied learning practices in a virtual context that is completely disembodied? * How does contemplative social art support your leadership capacity for visioning and connecting with others in a meaningful way, and for innovating in a digital environment? * How may we enable everyone to show up and be fully present?

Track 4: Inclusion and activation across the digital divide Online gatherings and digital platforms offer the incredible opportunity to widen access to participation in ways previously unimagined. But within this wave of change are many who are excluded by virtue of their limited connectivity and lack of access to data. Similarly, there are those who can participate, but for whom online platforms are foreign and alienating. In this track we will explore: How do we seize the opportunity brought by online functions, whilst ensuring that we don’t deepen existing inequalities and lack of participation in the conversations of our time? How can Digital Leadership bridge the societal divides and activate a web of goodness in the current moment?


On this final day, we come together to crystallize key learning experiences. We will also spend time on integrating the key principles and practices into our digital leadership toolkit for responding to the challenges we face in our various contexts and lines of work.

On day 2 and day 3 there will be an optional opportunity to engage with the faculty in two 60 minute calls.

Technological Requirements

The sessions of this program will use Zoom technology. To participate, you need to have access to Zoom and a camera, as well as a stable internet connection. The Zoom link will be sent to you on Monday August 24. You will also receive an invitation to join our community engagement platform.


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...

Manish Srivastava

Professor Manish Srivastava is a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also a full-time clinical professor of real estate finance & investment and the former academic chair and real estate finance program chair of New York University’s Schack Institute o...

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...

Angela Baldini

Angela currently manages several programs hosted by the Presencing Institute, including the Social Presencing Theater, Foundations, and Advanced Foundations programs in Europe. She is also a core member of the U.Lab team, offering assistance to the extended global community. Angela is also a tra...

Alison McCallum

As a social scientist, the focus of my work experience has been in the general field of ‘social performance’, predominantly in the extractive industry, forestry, and more recently in the renewable energy sector. Over the last 22 years, I have focused most of my career on working with corporate cl...

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