Transforming Business, Society, and Self with U.Lab
20th May 2016
Join the global movement to build a new economy by co-sensing and co-creating the emerging future.
The Castletown Ulabscot# hub was created in 2015 where local people were able to join together in learning and creating a new future, an emerging idea and an inspired vision of what the future holds for our community and our country. A local "hub" or "coaching circle" where we met and journeyed with amazing people into the unknown. There have been many successful prototypes that have emerged from the processes and learning and that are currently being developed.
The Ulab course will run again from September 2016 and in order to give people plenty of time to consider signing up we will be running taster sessions in June, inviting members of the voluntary, public and private sector community along with an open invitation to any person interested in being part of the emerging future.
The Scottish Government is encouraging people to be part of this as something it hopes will increase the way in which participation will be at the heart of government in Scotland.
This course puts you into the driver's seat of innovation and change. You will learn the basics of Theory U, a process for connecting to the more authentic aspects of who we are individually and collectively, and apply it to the issues and systems that matter most to you.
As a change method, Theory U has been practiced for nearly two decades by action researchers at MIT and leaders at all levels of business, government, and civil society around the world. Theory U helps change makers see below the surface of today's environmental, social, and spiritual-cultural challenges, identify the root issues that cause them, and create solutions from a place of deeper awareness.
U.Lab is a different type of MOOC than you may have experienced before. We intentionally push the boundaries of MOOC design by
(1) creating a highly personal, practical, and mindful online learning environment
(2) blending it with an eco-system of place-based learning communities and peer coaching groups, and
(3) hosting real-time live classroom sessions throughout the course.
Each week, you will:
Engage in personal reflection
Go out into the world and apply a specific, practical co-sensing method
Meet in a coaching circle with four or more fellow U.Lab participants
Be introduced to a mindfulness practice
And during four of the weeks, you will join live streamed classes in which the global eco-system of participants comes together to learn in real time
In the first run of this course (January 2015), these combined elements resulted in a learning experience that over a third of our participants reported as "life changing."
Throughout U.Lab, you will have ample opportunity to deepen your self-knowledge, develop new skills, form new relationships, and prototype the future that you sense is wanting to emerge.
See more about U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self
What you'll learn
The leadership knowledge that matters most: self-knowledge (Who am I? What is my Journey and Work?)
Capacities of deep listening, precise observation, and dialogue
Practices for creating institutional innovations that generate well-being in society
Interested? What next?
Register to attend your taster session by logging onto http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ulab-scotland-10483928357
to find a local venue and book your place.
I hope you will agree to join me in looking to the future with a renewed sense of optimism and anticipation and hope that you will join the journey.
Rachel A Cox (MSC S.E, BACYS)
There are a number of ways to find out more about U.Lab Scotland. You can get more information here
- including blog posts and videos of people in Scotland speaking about their own U.Lab experiences. You may like to check out #ulabscot twitter feed and join the U.Lab Scotland group on Facebook
And this short film gives a flavour of one of the national preparatory events in 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9zshUznWto
Please take the time to watch the links below that will demostrate the absolutely amazing effects that Ulab is already having in the lives of the people in Scotland. people from Scotland participated in the last round of UlabScot and over 45,000 from 182 countries took part in the Ulab course