Imagine Bermuda Coordinates Local MIT Group

January 14, 2015

In its ongoing effort to promote life-long learning, Imagine Bermuda is coordinating a group of local participants registered for a free online course from MIT called ‘Transformation of Business, Society and Self’.

The course began with a live presentation on today [Jan 14] at 10.00am which linked more than 22,000 participants from 186 countries.

A spokesperson said, “The course will address today’s global environmental, social, spiritual, and cultural challenges, and the implications at local levels. In the spirit of thinking globally and acting locally, the goal is to explore ways to transform this reality by generating practical solutions.

“The course is lead by Otto Scharmer, MIT’s Senior Lecturer and head of the school’s IDEAS Program. Some five other staff will be assisting, including Dayna Cunningham, who is a former voting rights lawyer for the NAACP and current Director of MIT’s Community Innovation Lab.

“There will be 10 locals participating in this experiential program from a variety of stakeholder groups, including: Chewstick, Pride’s Community Coalition, Centre for Justice, Mirrors, and the Human Rights Commission. There will also be some individuals joining this hub who have been active in a variety of community initiatives.”

Official overview of MIT’s “Transformation of Business, Society and Self” course:

“Our hub will be collaborating to develop some outcome that has practical implications locally. In addition, the Department of Education’s Leadership Institute team will be engaging the course via the Cambridge, as a means of feedback to local participants.

“MIT has always been on the leading edge of technological experimentation. This course is an experiment in testing theories in the social area, which may offer some practical outcomes for our small island community.”

Regarding the course, says, “This highly experiential course is based on Theory U, a framework, method, and way of connecting to the more authentic aspects of our self.

“It introduces the variable of consciousness into management and the social sciences, and proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from.

“This approach to leading change is practiced by business, government, and civil society leaders around the world – many of whom you will meet during this course.”

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