The Presencing Institute and the Impact Hub network partnered with the edX / MITx course U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and SelfWe believe in the power of social change through entrepreneurial action, and see the potential for locally-rooted, globally connected communities of changemakers to catalyze systemic change with the support and learning available through the U.Lab course. Participates of the free course had the opportunity to learn the basics of Theory U, a process for connecting to the more authentic aspects of who we are.  The course ran from September to December 2015.

The U.Lab Group Continues at King’s Cross Impact Hub

U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self is an online course with the ambitious aim of addressing the multiple problems facing society and the planet by approaching these issues from new and different perspectives.

This course asks the questions: “Why do our actions collectively create results that so few people want? What keeps us locked into old ways of operating? And what can we do to transform the root problems that keep us trapped in the patterns of the past?” The answers this course provides lie in unconventional methodologies of suspending our habitual ways of thinking and acting, letting go of preconceived concepts and learning to listen to “what wants to emerge”.

So from September to December 2015 a group of approximately 15 people met regularly in Impact Hubs Islington and King’s Cross to follow the online course together, in person and meet in coaching circles to work on our individual projects.By the end of the course, a number of us were deeply moved by the level of connection and community that the U.Lab practices, had produced. The course material had been very substantial and it was difficult to keep up and complete the course in the allotted time. On top of this, a group of us felt we would like to continue our connection and go deeper by working on co-creating a self-organised prototype.

So on 14th January our new group of approximately 10 U.Labbers from Impact Hub King’s Cross and Impact Hub Westminster reconvened with the shared intention of working on a project together. We’re now meeting regularly at Impact Hub King’s Cross to develop something. We don’t yet know what that will be! Although this may sound strange, it’s very much in keeping with the ethos of U.Lab in which things emerge out of generative dialogue, collaboration and listening to all the stakeholders in a system.

So watch this space! We will keep you posted, with our progress and share the results with you when they have emerged from our work together.

If you’re interested in finding out more about U.Lab contact Alessandro Palmieri at alessandro.palmieri@impacthub.net

Impact Hub King’s Cross is a laboratory of innovation, a business incubator, and collaborative space that inspires, connects and enables people to take entrepreneurial action.  Presencing Institute is an awareness-based action-research community that creates social technologies, builds capacities, and generates holding spaces for profound societal renewal.   Theory U is a framework and methodology that allows diverse groups of stakeholders to co-sense, reinvent, and co-create the larger ecosystems in which they operate.

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