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Eco-system Transformation

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How to change social systems? Whether it is an organization, a community, a network, or a team, Social Presencing Theatre (SPT) allows change-makers to gain actionable insights into their current situation, seeing potential opportunities for change and stepping into this potential collectively. When applied as a systems transformation process, SPT helps shift the collective awareness and mobilize key stakeholders towards a sustainable future.

SPT is a contemplative art and movement-based practice that allows groups and organizations to transform social fields and move from an “ego-system” towards an eco-system awareness. This requires stepping out of silos and learning to see and act from the whole. Building on case studies & applications, we invite SPT practitioners for a 3-day application lab. The lab aims to provide a co-creative space where participants have the opportunity to bring in a current systems challenge, deepen the application of SPT practices, reflect on underlying assumptions and design an SPT-based application journey.

The workshop will be followed by an application period, during which participants will be supported by faculty through 3 group zoom calls over 6 months.

Anticipated learning

In this workshop SPT practitioners have the opportunity to work on their systems change challenge (case) and deepen their practice by

  • Exploring stories and contexts: How can SPT help organizations and social systems make the inner dynamic and potential of their social field visible and act on these insights? ​
  • i>Working with concrete cases to better understand: How do we notice a field shift and help our clients make informed choices for a sustainable future?
  • Using social field awareness practices to reflect on: What are our own limitations and assumptions about social systems?
  • Working on a systems challenge to design an SPT-based change intervention: How do we integrate SPT tools and practice in an awareness-based systems change process?

Who should attend

We invite leaders, consultants, and practitioners who have prior exposure to SPT. You have either done: 1) a Basic and/or Advanced SPT workshop, 2) a Presencing Foundation Program or Ecosystem Leadership Program, or 3) have practiced SPT as part of a u.lab hub or a u.lab-S team. To make the most of this workshop, it’s important that you have an opportunity to apply SPT in a systems change context.


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’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...
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