How to learn from the emerging future? - with Otto Scharmer

September 18, 2023
How can we think about the future today - and learn from it?

How is the war influencing our thinking and action? Why are societies polarized, and can we overcome this polarization?

  • Volodymyr Yermolenko, Ukrainian philosopher and chief editor of, speaks to Otto Scharmer, a German-born American intellectual who introduced influential concepts like Theory U and presencing in an attempt to learn from the emerging future and act in a more creative way.

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Founding Chair of the Presencing Institute. Through his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with Peter Senge and others), Otto introduced the concept of "presencing" - learning from the emerging future.

Thinking in Dark Times is a podcast series by UkraineWorld. This series seeks to make Ukraine and the current war a focal point of our common reflection about the world's present, past, and future. We try to see the light through and despite the current darkness.

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