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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
IDEAS's Leading Faculty Member Receives MIT Award

The United in Diversity Foundation (UID) is pleased to share that Prof. Otto Scharmer, the leading faculty member of our IDEAS (Innovative, Dynamic Education for Action and Sustainability) program, is receiving the Jamieson Prize for "two decades of dedication" to pedagogical innovation at [the Sloan School of Management], with impact extending across the School and beyond to the [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] (MIT).

IDEAS engages leaders across sectors to jointly step forward and take on Indonesia's complex challenges of conservation, education and business/social enterprise by going through a profound learning process. Together they identify the root causes and collectively develop a closer relationship to work together and evolve commitments to implement the solutions that are co-created.


Prof. Otto Scharmer (left), one of the speakers at UID conference in Bali, in 2003

Our leadership education program emerged from UID's founding conference in Bali, in 2003, which was attended by 400 national and global leaders. They came together to forge consolidated actions to support and achieve Indonesia's sustainable development.

The Bali conference and its outcomes attracted the interest and commitment from Prof. Otto Scharmer and his colleague Peter Singe from MIT. Using a new social technology called the 'U Process' (www.presencing.com), these world renown thinkers started to design the curriculum for IDEAS.

Through the U Process, or journey, Indonesian multi-stakeholder groups collectively experience deeper levels of learning to make systemic interventions-firstly through personal inner transformation and subsequently applying the Process to group decision-making, and co-evolving actions that create significant results both within one's organizations and communities. 
As of this writing, IDEAS has graudated four classes of participants-or fellows as they are called-and is currently carrying out the fifth one.
For more information, please visit us at www.unitedindiversity.org.


Prof. Otto Scharmer posed for a group photo with fellows IDEAS 5.0 at their “deep dive” in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2014.

Besides IDEAS, Otto is also recognized for his "creative shaping of U.Lab ("Transforming Business, Society, and Self" leadership development class) for a variety of delivery mediums, including a MOOC version through MITx and edX.org with global participants (28,000 registered this year)."

The Jamieson Prize also recognizes Otto for ?additional impactful pedagogical innovations include bringing IDEO/design thinking to Sloan and MIT; developing the 'Four Levels of Listening and Conversation' tool now being used in the L-Lab (Action Learning, Leading Sustainable Systems Lab) and Sloan coaching practices; and introducing graphic recording, now being replicated in various [executive education] programs".

"A variety of his U.Lab methods and tools (case clinics, deep listening, dialogue, sensing journeys, prototyping) are now being used in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning as well."

Congratulations, Otto, and we wish you the very best for your future endeavors!


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