Pre-Conference Workshop

Collective Healing: How Can We Transform Racism and Structural Violence To Embody Our Future Now?

 A Pre-Conference Workshop with Otto Scharmer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Angel Acosta (Columbia University), Arawana Hayashi (Presencing Institute), and Kelvy Bird (Presencing Institute) 

When: Thursday 5 November, 09:00 - 16:00 
Cost: TBD (ILA Member); TBD (non-member)

Otto Scharmer

Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

Angel Acosta

Columbia University

Arawana Hayashi

Presencing Institute

Kelvy Bird

Presencing Institute

At a pivotal moment in history, two days after the 2020 US election, come to connect deeply with people alike and different, using the methods of Presencing, including Social Presencing Theater and Generative Scribing, to forge relationships that support us in catalyzing climate action and generating wellbeing for all.

We will immerse ourselves in the context of our journey of the past, including slavery, institutional racism, and other mechanisms of exclusion – all forms of structural violence—and we will immerse ourselves into the context of the emerging future and ask "What are we called to do now"?
  • Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al). He is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, outlines the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.
  • Angel Acosta is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum and Teaching Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. For the last decade, he has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, college access, social justice and mindfulness. As a program director for the national nonprofit, CFES Brilliant Pathways, Angel has supported educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings and creating pathways to higher education.
  • Arawana Hayashi’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 brings her background in the arts, meditation and social justice to creating “social presencing” that makes visible both current reality and emerging future possibilities.
  • Kelvy Bird is a pioneer of generative scribing­–visually representing ideas while people talk–to facilitate seeing and sensing the emerging potential of systems. She authored Generative Scribing: A Social Art of the 21st Century. As co-founder of the Presencing Institute, she has been core to the development of Global Forums, u.lab, and most recently GAIA, an inquiry into civilizational renewal. Kelvy lives in Somerville, MA USA.

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