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Theme: Impacting Climate Change By Operating From a Place of Awareness-Based Collective Action

This event occurred on
October 15, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
United States

For decades, we have known our collective decisions were pushing us closer to ecological and social disruption on a massive scale, but we’ve been unable to overcome the inertia to significantly shift our politics, economy and culture. If we know it in our mind, in our heart, or in our gut that this is the challenge of our lifetimes, then how can we learn to operate from a place of open mind, open heart and open will in order to create broad-based systems change?

Presencing Institute
1770 Massachusetts Ave. #221
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02140
United States
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Antoinette Klatzky

Executive Director of the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, host & co-producer of Women Together
Antoinette Klatzky serves as Executive Director of the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute and host and co-producer of Women Together. As Strategic Partner for Eileen Fisher, she developed an Emergency Relief Fund for employees affected by COVID-19, led the development of Choose Handloom and supported the launch of Eileen Fisher Renew. A systems change facilitator and strategic thinker, Antoinette acts as an advisor to various networks on systemic and strategic action for racial equity and justice and serves on the boards of the Westchester Community Foundation and Women’s Funding Network. Antoinette will share about how shadow can be harnessed as a Source for transformation, and how the GAIA Journey was a prototype for global collaboration and response to crisis.

Arawana Hayashi

Choreographer, Performer & Educator
Arawana’s pioneering work as a choreographer, performer and educator is deeply sourced in collaborative improvisation. She brings her background in the arts, meditation and social justice to creating “social presencing” that makes visible both current reality and emerging future possibilities. Her dance career ranges from directing an interracial street dance company formed by the Boston Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs in the aftermath of the 1968 murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, to being one of the foremost performers of Japanese Court Dance, bugaku, in the US. She has been Co-Director of the Dance Program at Naropa University, Boulder, CO; and founder-director of two contemporary dance companies in Cambridge, MA.

Jayce Pei Yu Lee

Jayce drives and holds the visual practice movement and ongoing visual thinking development in Asia Pacific region. Born and raised in Taipei Taiwan, she is big at heart, small in size and organic in spirit. Jayce received her BFA in Typographic Design, School of Fine Art from University of Canterbury in New Zealand, when she was a young creative nomad away from her relatives and family in the 90’s. Jayce devotes her time to bilingual visual practice in Asia Pacific region. She applies deep listening and sensing into the space of possibilities, helping groups seeing and sensing the dynamics in the systems through her authentic marks and scribing. She adapt her innate creativity to capture the essence during conversation and dialogues, listening to the white space and collective heart beats from the social field, and manifest the invisible and quiet voices onto the blank canvas through her presence and being. Jayce is also a member of The Value Web. She is currently live in Taipei, Taiwan. Read more about Jayce in this article:

Martin Kalungu-Banda

Consultant in Organisation & Leadership Development, Facilitator of Innovation & Change; Trainer, Coach & Author
Martin is faculty for HSBC Next Generation Development, HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference for Leaders, and University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He works with business, government & civil society leaders globally, advises the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative as thinking partner to Chiefs of Staff & Heads of State, including 3 years as Special Consultant & Chief of Staff for the late Zambian President. He's led collaborative innovation on diverse issues: Heart surgery costs (India & UK); Sustainable cities (London & Shanghai); Water shortage (Middle East & UK); Carbon emissions (UK & India); and the Coral Triangle tuna industry. Martin authored Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela (2006), It’s How We End That Matters: Leadership Lessons from an African President (2009), and Driftology: How to Access Life’s Greatest Opportunities by flying on the wings of others (2015).

Otto Scharmer

Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School & co-founder of the Presencing Institute
Otto Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al). He is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, summarizes the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change. In 2015, Otto co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) for leading profound change involving more than 160K users from 185 countries. In March 2020, Otto & colleagues at the PI launched GAIA (Global Activation of Intention and Action), a free online deep learning journey for profound personal, societal & planetary renewal. Otto received the Jamieson Prize for Teaching Excellence at MIT & is a member of the World Future Council. The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General appointed him to the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda.

Rachel Hentsch

Communications Lead, Community Liaison & online Co-Producer at the Presencing Institute
Rachel is from a multi-cultural background and trained as an architect. Her professional experience includes digital entrepreneurship and experience in TV production. She blends her love of writing & graphic design skills with a deep commitment to understanding and illuminating the inner and outer dimensions of leading social change. Rachel is passionate about empowering individuals, teams, communities and organisations to unleash their highest level of contribution, to create the best possible individual and collective future. She is fascinated by communities and has been researching & prototyping ways to keep global community members connected meaningfully. Rachel speaks 5 languages and holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, a BA in Architecture & Building Technology from the University La Sapienza, and is an MIT-Certified Teacher in New Ventures Leadership. She lives in Rome, Italy with her husband, and they have 5 children.

Shobi Lawalata

Senior Facilitator and Director of Learning at United in Diversity Foundation (UID), Indonesia
Shobi Lawalata, Ph.D. earned her doctorate degree in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Shobi is also an alumna of IDEAS Indonesia, a UID-MIT Sloan School of Management executive leadership program for leading collaborative change in complex systems. Driven by a mission to pass on a legacy of a kinder, more compassionate society, Shobi returned to her home country of Indonesia in 2011 and has since worked on enabling systemic societal transformation through UID’s learning programs. Her strengths lie in designing and facilitating large-scale change processes through leadership and innovation, with a personal calling towards making Indonesia’s natural resource management more equitable, sustainable, and locally rooted. At home, Shobi is a mom to a 5-year-old daughter, and in her spare time enjoys reading, tending to her fish tanks, knitting, and karaoke.

Tracey Osborne

Associate Professor, Vice Chair and Presidential Chair in the Management of Complex Systems Department at the University of California, Merced
Tracey's research focuses on the social & political economic dimensions of climate change mitigation in tropical forests & the role of Indigenous Peoples, the politics of climate finance and governance, and climate equity and justice. She's worked on these issues globally with extensive field experience in Mexico & the Amazon, is the founding Director of the new UC Center for Climate Justice & leads the Climate Alliance Mapping Project, a collaborative effort between academics, environmental non-governmental organizations, and Indigenous organizations working for a socially-just response to climate change through research, maps & digital stories. Her work has been published in high-impact geography, social science & interdisciplinary journals. She has been invited to share her research internationally in venues academic & non, such as Conference of the Parties climate change meetings. She received her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.

Organizing team


Rome, Italy
  • Jayce Pei Yu Lee
    Team member
  • Stefan Day
    Post production