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“A watershed! An inspiring, practical weaving of the inner and outer dimensions of the systemic changes so many around the world are now working toward.”
—Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Founding Chair, Society for Organizational Learning; and author of The Fifth Discipline

“Scharmer and Kaufer have succeeded in writing the book that has the potential to transform civilization from one based on a rapacious, ego-driven economics to a viable, ecological, awareness-based model. This is a must-read for anyone who cares. It may well be the single most important book you ever read.”
—Arthur Zajonc, President, Mind and Life Institute, and author of Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry

“Scharmer and Kaufer provide a creative and practical approach to shifting our economies. I see business as a movement, and this book shares that movement with the world, offering us inspiration to tap into the deeper levels of our humanity and urging us to transform the crises of our times.”
—Eileen Fisher, founder, Eileen Fisher, Inc.

“The shift to an eco-system economy is emerging everywhere around us. Otto’s and Katrin’s clarity in identifying that this shift requires change-makers to expand our thinking from the head to the heart has helped me to be more intentional in designing processes to awaken the hearts of entrepreneurs everywhere. This is a necessary condition for the emergence of the new economy.”
—Michelle Long, Executive Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

“The purpose of business is to enhance the well-being of society. The 4.0 framework for transforming capitalism matters because it addresses a blind spot in our current discourse: how to create institutional innovations that could shift our economy from ego- to eco-system awareness at the scale of the whole.”
—Guilherme Peirão Leal, founder and Cochairman, Natura Cosméticos

About the Author

Otto Scharmer is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and cofounder of the Presencing Institute and the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness Lab. He is the author of Theory U and a coauthor of Presence.

Katrin Kaufer is research director at the Presencing Institute and a research fellow with the MIT CoLab.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (July 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605099260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605099262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just finished reading the new book "Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies" by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kuafer and the following are my reflections.

The authors have blown me away by how they have presented - with utter simplicity and utmost clarity - a compelling and revolutionary `manifesto' for transforming society, organisations, and our own individual lives. I use the term `revolution' because the book is a game changer.

Those that might have found Otto's earlier book, Theory U, hard to follow will pleasantly discover that the contents of Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies can be easily accessed by both ordinary readers and scholars.

Otto and Katrin point out that as the human race we are generating results that we do not want. This is true whether we are talking about our economic, political, health, or education systems. The authors present irrefutable evidence of how we (and our institutions) have, by predominantly pursuing narrow sectoral and individual interests, trapped ourselves into a zero sum game where we are faced with "crumbling walls" and can only emerge as losers unless we begin to think and act differently.

I am in awe of the authors' courage to name systems and world-views that are in the forefront of preaching and practicing approaches to life that initially look attractive and yet in the long term can only bring more of the same - massive institutional and system failure and collapse. Some of these `systems' exist and are hard-wired within each one of us. However, this is not who we truly are as humans.

Otto and Katrin do not simply offer reasons for institution and system failure, they also convincingly present alternative approaches.
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As the Byrds declare in their classic 60's tune, 'Turn, Turn, Turn,' for everything there is a season. Today society is going through a season of disruption. The question is, 'what will come out of these disruptive changes confronting us?'

According to Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer, the authors of 'Leading from the Emerging future,' this disruptive period is a precursor to a new society that will rise up out of the ashes of our current destitution like the phoenix of ancient Greek myth. Society is moving from an ego-centric to an eco-centric worldview, which is reshaping everything from the economy to how we relate to one another. This new 'eco-centric' awareness is based on perceiving and acting from a systemic point of view. It derives from the prefix eco which comes from the greek word 'oikos' meaning 'the whole house,' and it places the system before the individuals that are a part of it.

Scharmer and Kaufer feel that leaders should respond to the directions shaping society. Effective leadership is perceiving social trends and responding to them to help shape this eco-centric world which we are about to enter.

Forces of disruption are dictating the evolution of this new eco-centric worldview. These forces are symptoms of several key disconnects. These include the disconnect of finance from the real economy, ecology, institutions, consumerism, governance, and ownership and they derive from three basic divides 1) the ecological divide, 2) the social divide, and 3) the spiritual-cultural divide.

We see the results of the disconnect of finance from the real economy around us as we are still recovering from the 'Great Recession.
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This groundbreaking book looks at some of the most complex problems facing society and shows how individuals and organizations operating at a new level of thinking are transforming institutions and themselves, resulting in new, innovative solutions that could define the 21st century.

Scharmer and Kaufer bring their 18 years of research, having analyzed and understood leaders with a deeper sense of knowing - and having worked with multi-stakeholder groups and organizations who successfully built systems, structures, and strategies to address critical problems. A key to their success is a deep listening and an ability to help shift attention from downloading information toward presencing - or being truly present and sensing what is emerging, how to engage with it and how to create different results. Another critical component is the way their model includes all stakeholder groups and integrates across multiple sectors - engaging the whole system with an intention to serve the highest good of all.

Scharmer and Kaufer share a plethora of examples in many sectors - government, health, education, and business, NGOs, and banking - where practitioners are creating new forms of organization and seeds of new sectoral structures. These new institutions are led from a decentralized place, benefiting from globalization, information and communication technology, and a linking of collaborative relationships.

The book gives solid ideas of ways we, as individuals, can build our own practice and become proponents of the emerging future - how we can act from integrity, and do what's needed to help bring in the emerging future. They discuss twelve principles derived from the Presencing Institute's practice and research and are really keys to making it all work.
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