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Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies [Format Kindle]

C. Otto Scharmer , Katrin Kaufer
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Our Time Is Now

We have entered an age of disruption. Financial collapse, climate change, resource depletion, and a growing gap between rich and poor are but a few of the signs. Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer ask, why do we collectively create results nobody wants? Meeting the challenges of this century requires updating our economic logic and operating system from an obsolete “ego-system” focused entirely on the well-being of oneself to an eco-system awareness that emphasizes the well-being of the whole. Filled with real-world examples, this thought-provoking guide presents proven practices for building a new economy that is more resilient, intentional, inclusive, and aware.

“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

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Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, the founding chair of the Presencing Institute, and a founding member of the MIT Green Hub. Scharmer has consulted with global companies, international institutions, and governments in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and with client firms including Daimler, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fujitsu, and Google. He is the author of Theory U and a coauthor of Presence. Author Residence: Arlington, MA

Dr. Katrin Kaufer is a founding member and research director at the Presencing Institute, and Fellow at the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning She has consulted with mid-sized and global companies, non-profit organizations, the World Bank and with the United Nations Development Program in New York. Author Residence: Arlington, MA

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Framework for the Future 16 janvier 2014
Par Alpesman
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Scharmer and Kaufer have done a great job providing a framework for the future - for the planet, society, organisations and ourselves. The conceptual models help understand the change and evolution over time of the various levels at which we function in the world and the possibilities for change that are already here and crying out to be adopted (if we are able to see and hear them). Practical, concrete examples of what the models mean and look like in our day to day existence help deepen understanding and provide orientations for each person to follow in their own work areas and centres of interest. Strongly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Leading from the Emerging Future 31 août 2013
Par Martin Kalungu-Banda - Publié sur Amazon.com
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. They share compelling pieces of evidence of individuals, organisations and communities that are living and practicing elements of the future society we should be seeking to create on a total human scale (society 4.0).

I have been fascinated by the authors' capacity to trace and blend old-age ancient wisdom from across generations and cultures with academically sound data, arguments and pieces of evidence. This, in my opinion, is what allows Otto and Katrin to successfully present a compelling vision for the future and the process(es) and practices of how we can all work to get there.

This is a book that I wish all leaders in political, economic and learning institutions should read. I am hopeful that if sufficient numbers of young people, whose future we have almost ruined, read the book; they will have the courage to fast track the pace of change. Arguably, Leading from the Future as it Emerges may come to pass as one of the most important books of all time.

By Martin Kalungu-Banda, Leadership & Organisation Development Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Practical tools and critical thinking needed to lead in our complex, rapidly changing world 17 juin 2013
Par Patrick McNamara - Publié sur Amazon.com
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. They are about connecting with one's intention, building and applying one's deeper practice, creating space for support and deep listening, engaging in presencing at each stage of the process, and being open to change oneself.

They use the metaphor "total football" to show how highly-successful athletic teams teach players to think as a whole team and take small, individual action that collectively result in the team accomplishing its strategy. When the system can see itself, its actions are much more effective and respond more quickly to what wants to emerge. They give examples in other areas such as healthcare, where including the patient and the entire operating team in a check-in increases awareness and reduces errors; it allows the whole system to see itself and take collective action.

In building the skill of leading from the emerging future, Kaufer and Scharmer describe a process where we understand the present system on many levels and we begin to intuit the new system as it is forming. At some point, there is a self-reflective shift that allows the whole system to see itself and to act. In my experience change in organizations and in society happens in this way - with experiments or prototypes that over time create a new system with new relationships, connections and solutions. This process can be used in organizational change, societal change and individual change.

They present a thorough analysis of what they call the "age of disruption" in which we live - where things are falling apart, not working, and producing results nobody wants. The most visible of these systemic disconnects might be the financial bubble - a USD$1.5 quadrillion speculation bubble that decoupled the financial economy from the real economy and tested the limits to speculation and led to a worldwide financial crisis. There are similar disconnects in the areas of the ecology, income and wealth, technology, leadership, consumerism, governance, and ownership.

Kaufer and Scharmer show us how systems thinking and an increase in consciousness and awareness can shift us from a place of disruptive change that we're in now toward a new way of operating our economies, organizations, and households. They include the Presencing Institute's work in innovation and capacity building that are shifting the field of global social entrepreneurship across all sectors in a truly transformational way - based in mindfulness and awareness, deeper relationships, and new systems that all lead from the emerging future. (Visit the Kosmos Journal website for a more complete review.)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Emergence? 15 avril 2014
Par Trevor Neal - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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.' Otto Sharmer and Katrin Kaufer feel that this recent recession was the result of a speculative bubble because the financial sector had no where else to invest. This lack of investment opportunity was a consequence of a breakdown in the circulation of money between the financial sector and the real economy. Their cure is to create mechanisms to promote the flow of money back into the real economy again, even going so far as bringing back the concept of indigenous 'gift economies' in which money was invested in needs and resources were routinely redistributed from those who had to those who needed.

Economics is not the only area where Kaufer and Scharmer apply systemic thinking. According to Kaufer and Scharmer, the real problem confronting us is one of perception, and the results of our perception is effecting society at all levels.

We need to change our way of thinking from what is best for us as individuals to what is best for the system as a whole. By transforming our narcissistic thinking we could fix many of the problems haunting society today.

According to Kaufer and Scharmer we could be dragged kicking and screaming into the new 'systemic' worldview that is taking shape or we could embrace the change; for change is what is required of us in this age. Our ecological problems won't go away unless we address them from a holistic perspective instead of merely attempting to bandage the symptoms. The same theme is applied to consumption. Why is there so much unhappiness in wealthy societies? Can money really buy happiness? Again, applying systemic thinking Kaufer and Scharmer perceive a coming age of conscious consumption in which consumers will be conscious of how their buying habits are effecting the system, and curtailing their more destructive consumption habits.

In reality, the perspective that Kaufer and Scharmer are adopting is similar to what mystics have been saying for ages. The main difference could be some of the vocabulary and methodology that they apply throughout their book.

The idea behind the 'u' curve they introduce is transformation, and the application of both western and eastern views of time to create their 'u' curve model. In the western view time always progresses. In the eastern view time circles back upon itself. The 'u' curve they discuss is an attempt at melding together the best of both views.

The stereotype of indigenous/ eastern man is that they are more systems oriented at the expense of their ego. Kaufer and Scharmer apply this stereotype in their analysis of transformation. According to these two thinkers there is a movement back to this original systemic perspective although we are wiser and have learned some things along the way. Therefore we are not merely returning home as prodigal sons. Instead, we are returning wiser with a few new tricks, thus the 'u' curve they utilize to model this movement.

To assist us on this transformation they advocate 'deep listening and presencing.' Again, the idea behind this is a re-direction from an ego to an eco-centric worldview.

Another method they seek to apply is the creation of mechanisms in which systems can self-reflect on themselves. Again, this boils down to transformation at the individual level, leading to systemic change.

As a reader I liked many of the ideas expressed. However, at the same time I felt like the authors were merely re-coating ancient themes of major world belief systems with flowery prose. What is more disillusioning to discerning readers is that this central message has been re-iterated in different ways and we still stumble from one crises to another. Therefore I am not sure how this book is going to really promote the change that Kaufer and Scharmer believe must take place.

Finally, real change comes from applying what we read, and maybe Richard Dawkins is right, maybe there really is a selfish gene, because I don't feel transformed as a result of reading this book. Still, I feel that readers looking for insights into the social forces that are shaping our collective future may find some here, and those seeking systemic solutions to apply to current problems will find gems contained within...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The new innovative, groundbreaking and inspired book 25 juin 2013
Par Yuxin Hou - Publié sur Amazon.com
The new innovative, groundbreaking and inspired book written by Scharmer and Kaufer is opening the fresh window of accessing to new paradigm concerning "big others" instead of anthropocentrism. The Brazil and Bhutan leaning journey with Scharmer and others render me know much more about the problems of our society and the great idea of "big happiness" inside GNH (Gross National Happiness). In other words, when we know how to make "big others" happy, including nature, animals, sacred power and other people in this world, the really happiness will be upon us naturally. So, it is time to be aware of the importance and necessity of transforming from ego-system awareness to eco-system awareness as discussed in this book. Only when we know how to break down the boundary established by human beings and deep-rooted stereotype between civilized and uncivilized, progress and backwardness, development and underdevelopment, etc, we could really come to understand the joy of life and the meaning of what we are doing.
--Yuxin Hou (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in NGO Research Center, School of Pulic Policy and Management, Tsinghua University)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 We need to move to zero waste. We need to move to solar (nature operates ... 4 décembre 2014
Par Ron Immink - Publié sur Amazon.com
What is your transformative purpose?

We recently started to use “Exponential organisations” with our clients. One of the key points of the book is about businesses finding their “Transformative purpose”. It really resonates with our clients. When you get involved in staff engagement, it eventually always boils down to why you matter and why the company you work for matters.

4.0 economics

That is how we came across “Leading from the emerging future”. Most books we cover take an individual and organisational perspective. This book takes a macro perspective and then brings it back. It is about 4.0 economics or a 4.0 society.

Why is 4.0 economics important?

Here are some really frightening statistics:

We leave an ecologic footprint of 1.5 planets
Food prices are expected to double by 2030
In USA 1% owns more that the entire bottom 90%
25% of kids in the USA live in poverty
In 2000 twice of many people died of suicide as died in wars
There are 200 million people unemployed going to 600,000, most of them youth
Every one in five people lacks access to safe drinking water
One third of our soil has eroded and have become unproductive
90% of industrial production in health sector concentrate on diseases that are lifestyle driven
Bubble economics

In 1995 the 6 largest banks held 17.1% of the USA GDP in assets. By 2010 that has risen to 64%

The value of global foreign exchange transactions in 2010 was 1.5 quadrillion (one quadrillion is a 1,000 trillion). What do you think the value of foreign trade is? It is 20 trillion. 1.4% of the transactions. No wonder we have economic bubbles.

System break down

The system is failing us. We need to move to a different model. The authors call it the 4.0 model. A co-creative eco system model. From inflexible, centralised control to a spontaneous, decentralised grassroots movement. From GDP to GNH (Gross National Happiness). From economy to social economy. From entrepreneurship to social entrepreneurship.

The solution

We need to move to biomimicry (how would nature design the economic process?). We need to move to zero waste. We need to move to solar (nature operates on 100% renewable energy). We need to move to closed loop design. We need to relink work with purpose. We need to accept that ecologically, economically, socially and spiritually we are all interdependent and connected.

The Barcelona FC approach to economics

We need to unleash the distributed collective intelligence. We need collaborative conscious consumption. We need a Barcelona (or Ajax in the good old days) model of economics. It is the economy versus society conversation. Closer to Boston or Berlin. An economy that is not run as a business (and a badly run one at that).


Imagine banks operating like the Triodos bank (https://www.triodos.com/en/about-triodos-bank/), imagine basic income as a concept, imagine local barter systems, imagine technology actually solving problems and liberating people. Imagine leaders moving from individual targets to focusing on the well being of the whole.

To make their point, he authors quote Nietzsche, Cicero, Ghandi, the Dalai Lama and lots of other smart people. It uses linguistics, philosophy, economics, biology, neuroscience , etc. and gives examples and case studies of organisations and governments that have started using 4.0 thinking. For example a village in Namibia tested an unconditional basic income

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income) as a concept with amazing results (crime down 40%, entrepreneurship up 300%, child malnutrition down 200%).

The questions you should ask yourselves

The authors hope that the emergence of new spirituality will change the world. What is the purpose of life? Why do we exist? What is your karmic assignment? Which is also asked in books such as the earlier mentioned “Exponential organisation” but also in “Reinventing organisations” and “Out of our minds” of Ken Robinson and “Poke the box” by Seth Godin. How do you get meditation, Zen and Tao applied to global economics in an holistic way/

We are optimistic

In Bookbuzz, we are optimists. A lot of the current literature seems to support that thinking. There are thousands of app in the mindfulness space. Businesses are starting to adopt this thinking. There is the shared economy movement. Collebarative consumption. Millennials are driven by these values. We do think that technology will solve a lot of the issues. The authors disagree and we think they are missing the exponential speed of technology development.

It starts with you

But it starts with you. Here are some personal tips in the book:

Practice, don’t preach
Observe, observe, observe.
Connect to your intention. Intention is not a powerful source, it is the only source
Follow your heart, do what you love, love what you do.
Always be in dialogue with the universe.
Create a holding space of deep listening.
Learn to sense what wants to emerge
Try fail, try fail, iterate, iterate
Use different language with different stakeholders.
If you want to change others, you need to be open to changing yourself first.
Never give up. You are not alone.
Energy follows attention.
Open your heart.
Stop the noise in your head.
Be transparent and open.
The whole universe is just one big self.
Macro perspective

And on a macro level:

Close the feedback loop of production and consumption (recycling, closed loop design, earth to eat).
Close the feedback loop from jobs to passion.
Redirect speculative capital into investment in ecological, cultural, creative renewal.
Apply technology to societal needs.
Focus leadership to the merging future of the whole.
Close the feedback loop from economic output to the well being of all.
Close the feedback loop from ownership rights to the best societal use of assets
From a Bookbuzz perspective

The book uses a lot of the innovation and strategy language we have seen in other books and then stretches it further:

Meeting with impact 4.0 (http://www.bookbuzz.biz/organise-strategic-meetings-impact/)
From marketing 3.0 to marketing 4.0 (http://www.bookbuzz.biz/the-most-important-function-in-the-company-is-your-human-resource-director/)
Open innovation eco systems
The need for platforms (http://www.bookbuzz.biz/why-is-innovation-not-working/)
Design thinking (http://www.bookbuzz.biz/metaskills-will-make-happy/)
Iterate, iterate
Move (http://www.bookbuzz.biz/not-business-plans-not-vision-doing/)
Leadership 4.0, beyond coherence (http://www.bookbuzz.biz/coherence-secret-science-brilliant-leadership/)
Anthropology (http://www.bookbuzz.biz/business-using-wrong-models-make-decisions/)
Biomimicry (http://www.bookbuzz.biz/bioteams-better-acting-like-amoeba-jellyfish/)
Business canvas model 4.0
In short; why does your company matter? If you want a book over Christmas that will make you think, reflect and help you with your new year’s resolution, this is the book.
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