For the fourth year running, we are about to begin teaching our “Fundamentals” course in the Masters in Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. This is such a great pleasure. Every other Monday we travel to New York, and hold a six-hour studio with twenty-five great students from all over the world. And each year we learn more about how to communicate the material, how to create good learning experiences, and how to streamline the experience so there’s room for reflection and creativity.

Download our syllabus for 2015. (Adobe PDF, 2.1 megabytes)


[The] future is not just about firefighting and tinkering with the surface of structural change. It’s not just about replacing one mindset that no longer serves us with another. It’s a future that requires us to tap into a deeper level of our humanity, of who we really are and who we want to be as a society. It is a future that we can sense, feel, and actualize by shifting the inner place from which we operate. It is a future that in those moments of disruption begins to presence itself through us. This inner shift, from fighting the old to sensing and presencing an emerging future possibility, is at the core of all deep leadership work today. It’s a shift that requires us to expand our thinking from the head to the heart. It is a shift from an ego-system awareness that cares about the well-being of oneself to an eco-system awareness that cares about the well-being of all, including oneself.

Otto Scharmer