Otto Scharmer explains how global politics and world economic affairs today emerge from the interplay between two social fields: absencing (the cycle of destruction); and presencing (the cycle of co-creation).
“Today it feels as if we—everyone alive right now—are living in a “plastic hour” of history, meaning that small differences today can have major impacts tomorrow. Both of the forces that shaped the past century—presencing and absencing—are intensifying their global presence now.
“History emerges from the interplay between both these fields. It’s a process that plays out in every country, culture, and community. It’s a clash of forces that we see not only on the level of exterior systems, but also on the level of the self. Systems change is personal; it is, as my colleague Peter Senge puts it, an “inside job.”
“We are living in a plastic moment, and now is our time to connect more intentionally in service of a future that brings more connectedness and wellbeing to all.”
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Otto Scharmer is Co-founder u.lab, Senior Lecturer, MIT; and Thousand Talents Program Professor, Tsinghua University.