Dr. Claus Otto Scharmer
The Leadership Lab for Corporate Social Innovation is a hands-on, experiential, action learning workshop that exposes students to three different contexts:
The book Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, is co-authored by Peter Senge, Claus Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers (see the Dialog on Leadership site).
This five-day interactive and experiential workshop focuses on how leaders lead innovations that both promote social responsibility and produce business success. The workshop is organized around three main parts: observation, sense-making, and creating. During the observation phase, students spend a full day inside the Boston office of the design company IDEO and visit some of the most interesting proven innovators in corporate social responsibility such as Ben & Jerry’s, KLD, MBDC, Plug Power (fuel cell technology), PwC, Schlumberger, or core team members of the UN Global Compact. After returning from their company visits, students describe to one another what they saw and learned. In the final part of the Lab, students conceive and implement innovation projects that serve the needs of a local community. Each team presents its practical accomplishments on the final day of the Lab. Starting in 2004 this course will be renumbered as 15.975.