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Reducing our carbon footprint and overall environmental impact compels us to eliminate sending printed program brochures and program materials. We are always working towards sustainability as integral to Lifespan Learning Institute’s mission.


This day-long workshop will provide immersive experiential exercises and conceptual discussions with a focus on how we can change systems underlying our relationships with people and the planet. The presenters of the workshop have been working for decades on how to understand and transform systems related to our interpersonal, societal, and environmental health. One of those collective efforts has been the study and cultivation of “generative social fields” in which families, schools, businesses, governments, and the larger society in which we live can create relational interactions that support the nurturance of compassion, connection, curiosity and well-being. Within such generative fields, a sense of belonging, meaning and effective action emerges.

Come join us for a day of deep experiential learning intended for anyone interested in how to cultivate the individual development and pervasive leadership capacities to facilitate systems change in local and global ways that will help promote a healthier world.


Boell Mette miriamMette Miriam Böll (Boell) is a biologist by training, specializing in the evolution of complex social systems, mammalian play behavior and philosophy of nature. Mette has a Ph.D. in organizational ethology from the Center for Semiotics, Aarhus University, and holds additional degrees in contemplative leadership and the philosophy and history of science. She uses her training in these diverse areas to research how moods and feelings are transmitted in social relations and how the resulting relational fields in turn shape the larger systems human beings are parts of, with a particular focus on education. Mette Miriam Boell

Scharmer photo credits 61x82Otto Scharmer: Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation, which helps leaders in business, government, and civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. Scharmer introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers). He is coauthor of Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism. His new book, The Essentials of Theory U (2018), focuses on the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change. ottoscharmer.com,presencing.com

Senge Peter 61x82Peter Senge:Dr. Peter M. Senge is the founding chairperson of SoL and a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Senge is the author of The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization and The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.He has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools for better understanding of economic and organizational change.Peter Senge

Siegel 61x82Daniel Siegel, MD - is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA; Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute; Medical Director of the Lifespan Learning Institute; author of The Mindful Brain, The Developing Mind, and many others; and founding editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.  drdansiegel.com

ChapmanWalsh Diana 61x82Diana Chapman Walsh: Diana Chapman Walsh is the chair of the inaugural board of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a director of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and a member of the MIT Corporation. Walsh was the twelfth President of Wellesley College from 1993 to 2007 and the fourth alumna to head Wellesley, a leading college for women and one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Before assuming the Wellesley presidency, Dr. Walsh was Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she chaired the Department of Health and Social Behavior. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, she was a University Professor at Boston University and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of Phi Beta Kappa, she writes, speaks, and consults regularly on a range of issues related to higher education. Diana Chapman Walsh


  • Name four ways communities and organizations can change in response to intentional intervention through the lens of the Mandala of Change.
  • List five ways that systems change based on an understanding of the Ladder of Inference, problem solving training and awareness of levels of information,
  • Summarize the Iceberg theory and model of cultural systems.
  • Explain the relationship of receptive awareness, or presence, in inducing changes in cultural systems.
  • Demonstrate three practical exercises that can empower individuals to become systems leaders.
  • Identify the two states that reveal that a complex system is not in harmony-(chaos and rigidity).

CE Credit

This program is offered by Lifespan Learning Insitute which is solely responsible for the educational content. Lifespan Learning Institute is approved to offer CE Credit by APA, CAMFT and IMQ/CMA.
You must attend the full workshop to receive credit. Your eligibility for CE Credit is based solely on the information contained on your sign-in/out form.

Psychologists (APA): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this conference and its content. This conference offers 6 hours of CE credit.

LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs (CAMFT): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (provider # 050085)

Psychiatrists and Physicians (IMQ/CMA): The Lifespan Learning Institute is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


9-10:30 Systems Change Peter Senge and Mette Miriam Boell

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-Noon Theory U and Presencing Otto Scharmer

Noon-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Complexity and Integration Diana Chapman Walsh and Dan Siegel

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:30 All Faculty Synthesis, Discussion and Q and A with audience participants

Details & Fee

Pre-conference fee: Friday April 26, 2019 9:00am - 4:30PM (6 CE Hours) $180.00 through April 1st, $230 after

Location: Marriott Hotel Marina Del Rey 4100 Admiralty Way Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Hotel: There are several Hotels within walking distance of the conference and many more in the surrounding area.  Marriott Hotel MDR is offering a limited number of rooms at a conference rate of $199.00 per night for reservations made by April 4, 2019.  Reserve online  or call 1-888-236-2427  and tell them you are part of the Lifespan Learning Institute Conference. Download a list of local hotels here

Parking - Valet Parking $39 per day.  Self Parking in the Public Lot 10 across the street $15 per day.

Lunch - Lunch is on your own.  There are several great dining options and beutiful outdoor spaces and beach nearby.

Attire: Dress comfortably. If you are sensitive to room climate, consider wearing layers.

Tech Courtesy: Please turn off your phone while in the conference room.  Personal video and/or audio recording in the conference room is not permitted.  Recordings of the conference will be made available for purchase at a special conference attendee rate. You may take photos and video in the common areas, but please obtain direct permission before videoing or photographing presenters or other students. 

Communications: All preconference and post-conference communications will be via email. This includes but is not limited to: Registration confirmation, digital syllabus, CE certificates, etc.  Please add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your email program's trusted senders list to assure that you receive all the program information.

Cancellations and Refunds: If Lifespan Learning Institute cancels or postpones a program, a full refund will be issued. If you need to cancel: Cancellation must be made in writing (by mail or by email) and received in our offices at least 10 days prior to the first date of the program. All cancellations are subject to a 20% cancellation fee. No requests for refund will be honored after April 6, 2019. The cancellation fee is applicable even if you selected "pay later" and have not yet paid. 

Continuing Education Credit:  We are approved by APA, CAMFT, IMQ to offer Continuing Education Credit for our programs. Your eligibility for CE Credit is based solely on the information contained on your sign-in/out form.   You must attend the full program you registered for to receive credit.  We can not give credit for partial attendance.  It is your responsibility to verify that your licensing board that they will accept CE credit we offer. 

Grievance Policy: Lifespan Learning Institute is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the Ethical Principles of the APA, BBS, and IMQ/CMA. Lifespan Learning Institute complies with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards is the responsibility of the Education Chair in consultation with the members of the continuing education committee and the program Chairperson.  When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, specific actions will be taken. The full policy and filing procedure are available at: https://www.lifespanlearn.org/gp

Students with Disabilities: In accordance with the American with Disability Act (ADA), please contact our office (310.474.2505) at least 2 weeks before the program if you need special accommodations. 

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