What we need is a mindset shift that moves from “ego-system awareness”—thinking only about your own community or your own institution—to “eco-system awareness.”

Otto Scharmer

C. Otto Scharmer is a senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He is founding chair of the Presencing Institute, a research community dedicated to social innovation. He works with representatives of business, government and civil society. With the German government and the Gross National Happiness Centre, a nongovernmental organization in Bhutan, he co-founded the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness Lab, which brings together innovative thinkers from developing and industrialized countries to prototype new ways of measuring well-being and social progress. He has worked with governments in Africa, Asia and Europe and has led leadership and innovation programs at corporations such as Alibaba, Daimler, Eileen Fisher, Fujitsu, Google, Natura and PriceWaterhouse. He is the co-author, most recently, of “Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies.” He is a vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Leadership Models. He is currently building a U-Lab MOOC that will be launched via MITx on the edX online learning platform for social change makers around the world.