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The Essentials of Theory U by C. Otto Scharmer

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One Process, Five Movements: Innovating from the Future

Presencing is an innovation method that enables groups and stakeholders to co-sense and co-create the future. Profound innovation requires us to suspend downloading patterns in order to activate generative social fields. The five movements of the U process are:

Co-initiating: uncovering shared intention—building a first container

Co-sensing: seeing reality from the edges of the system—establishing the horizontal connection

Co-presencing: connecting to your highest future potential—establishing the vertical connection

Co-creating: prototyping to learn by doing—bringing the new into reality

Co-shaping: embodying and institutionalizing the new—evolving the larger eco-system

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