Digital Leadership

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 also by engaging all our intelligences: head, heart, and hand?​ How do you design creative online-to-offline learning that allows for transformational change at scale? How can you activate ecosystems across the digital divide?

This series of recordings integrates the Presencing Institute’s over 10-year experience in creating effective and transformative online spaces. It allows participants to learn different 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.

What this program will provide


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


This sessin 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 designing and facilitating successful online meetings.


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 involve 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.


Social arts provide a practice field for developing new collective leadership capacities. In this session 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?


Online gatherings and digital platforms offer the incredible opportunity to widen access to participation in ways previously unimagined. But within this wave of change, there are many people who are excluded by virtue of their limited connectivity, lack of access to data, and by systems and structures of privilege that play out online and offline. 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 see and sense the different ways in which societal divides show up on digital platforms?
  • How do we activate the ecosystem across divides to enable transformational change?
  • How do we design policies and build partnerships that allow for inclusion?


In this final session, 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.


In this session we have collected many of the questions and answers that were talked about in the two office hour sessions of the course.


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...

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...

Manish Srivastava

Manish Srivastava is a coach, facilitator & an artist. His vision is to co-create an ecosystem of leaders who take their inner transforming journeys and co-create well-being for all. Since 2006, Manish has been working with top leaders across business, government, UN agencies & NGO secto...

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