U.Lab Team


U.Lab builds upon the work of many practitioners across cultures who, over the past 10+ years, have co-created the knowledge, methods, and tools – and pioneered the change efforts – that are taught and referenced in the course. The U.Lab Team listed below includes those who are most visible in the videos and online platforms – but many more contributed greatly to make the U.Lab what it is today.

Otto Scharmer

Otto is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program and co-founded the Global Wellbeing Lab. In his books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with Senge, Jaworski, and Flowers) he introduced the concept of “presencing” — learning from the emerging future. His latest book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies (co-authored with K. Kaufer) applies mindfulness onto the transformation of business, society, and self. In 2015 he received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT. More on Otto


Adam Yukelson

Adam is an Action Research Fellow at the Presencing Institute. In addition to co-facilitating and leading the design of U.Lab, he helps deliver Presencing Institute Labs that aim to create more sustainable and inclusive economies. These include the Global Wellbeing Lab, which brings together diverse leaders from across systems, sectors, and regions to innovate around issues of wellbeing, and Novos Urbanos, a cross-sector learning and action platform that is working to transform the underlying paradigms of thought that drive consumer behavior in Sao Paulo, Brazil. More on Adam


Kelvy Bird

Kelvy is a graphic facilitator specializing in systemic mapping of content within collaborative and multi-stakeholder environments. She supports groups with live translation of content and dynamics into visual, tangible formats to aid with reflection and decision-making. More on Kelvy


Julie Arts

Julie is an economist, working internationally as a Theory U practitioner, designing and hosting multi-stakeholder transition processes and leadership programs. Her recent work has focused on improving quality of life for people with disabilities in Belgium, developing innovative solutions for water quality in The Netherlands, an OD change process for Trager International and a 1-year Climate Change Leadership program in Burundi, Africa. More on Julie

Angela Baldini

Angela is project manager for several events hosted by the Presencing Institute. She has worked as a social worker in Austria and Germany, as a project manager in concert promotion, and spends her free time supporting the Berlin-based collective BurgerEnergie Berlin that aims to buy back and run the electric power grid of Berlin.


Andrew Binet

Andrew is a Research Fellow at the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) within MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where he received his Masters in City Planning in 2015. Before coming to MIT, he worked in digital journalism at Reuters.

Dayna Cunningham

Dayna is Executive Director of the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) at MIT. Dayna was previously an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation and has also worked as a voting rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. More on Dayna


Martin Kalungu-Banda

Martin is a consultant in leadership and organization development; a designer and facilitator of innovation and organization change processes; a trainer, coach and author. He serves as Core-Faculty member and UK Representative of the Presencing Institute, visiting faculty for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a Fellow of Future Considerations. Martin trains and coaches business, government and civil society leaders in different parts of the world and is an adviser to the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative. Previously, Martin served as Special Adviser to the President of Zambia.

Arawana Hayashi

Arawana’s pioneering work as a choreographer, performer and educator is deeply sourced in collaborative improvisation. She currently heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater (SPT) for the Presencing Institute. Working with Otto Scharmer and colleagues at the Presencing Institute, 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. More on Arawana


Ela Ben-Ur

Ela consults, coaches and teaches in design research, strategy, and innovation with i2i Experience, which she started after a career as a senior designer with IDEO. More on Ela


Lili Xu Brandt

Lili Xu Brandt facilitates innovation. She enjoys exploring the dynamic tension between entrepreneurial and systemic forces by enabling deeper individual and collective creativity in community contexts in China and beyond.