Pre-Conference 2019 IPNB - Awareness-Based Systems Leadership: Cultivating Generative Social Fields and Systems Change

Event Details

Event Name: Pre-Conference 2019 IPNB - Awareness-Based Systems Leadership: Cultivating Generative Social Fields and Systems Change
Show Event Date: 04-26-2019
Address: Mariott Hotel Marina Del Rey 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292


Awareness-Based Systems Leadership: Cultivating Generative Social Fields and Systems Change

Faculty: Mette Miriam Boell, Otto Scharmer, Peter Senge, Dan Siegel, and Diana Chapman Walsh

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.

Objectives (6 CE Hours)

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).

Continuing Education 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, BRN, 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.

This Conference offers 6 CE Hours.

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)

Nurses (BRN): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #3524) to offer this activity for 6 contact hours.

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.
The Lifespan Learning Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

09:00 am - 04:30 pm


  • Mette Miriam Boell

    Mette 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. In 2014, Boell joined Peter Senge and Daniel Goleman to form the Triple Focus Initiative, which then merged into the Garrison Global Collaboration for Integrative Learning. This community of researchers and educational practitioners focuses on exploring the impact of integrating contemplative social-emotional learning (SEL) and systems thinking in education, grounded in the core belief that education today must help students recognize, navigate and help shape a world of profound interconnectedness: self (understood as the “mind-body-heart system”), other (families, friends, teams, groups) and the larger social, economic and natural systems around us. Boell currently serves as the Director and research coordinator of the Garrison Global Collaboration. Main projects include partnerships with universities, schools and community organizations focused on building capacity for systems leaders in education, integrating compassionate integrity within school curriculums, and studying generative social fields at the classroom, school, community, and larger systems level. In 2016, Boell co-founded the Systems Leadership Institute with Peter Senge and Robert Hanig that seeks to promote development of “systems leadership” – leaders who foster collaboration for systemic change across the educational sector. Boell’s portfolio here involves research design, co-facilitation of introductory and advanced capacity building and design and facilitation of long-term organizational interventions, like one currently taking place in collaboration with the California Department of Education’s expanded learning division. In 2018, Boell joined MIT as a Research Affiliate. Her focus is working with The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). J-WEL’s mission is to spark a global renaissance in education for all learners. Leveraging MIT’s resources, they convene a global community of collaborators for sustainable, high-impact transformation in education through research, policy, pedagogy, and practice. Boell previously held a position as head of research at Metropol University College, (a teachers’ college) in Copenhagen and before that she taught neuroscience of emotions to college- and American students studying abroad. She is currently working on a book, summarizing the different efforts with the working title “Integrative Learning.”

  • Otto Scharmer

    Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management and founder 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. In 2015 he co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) for leading profound change, which has since activated a global eco-system of societal and personal renewal involving more than 100,000 users from 185 countries. In 2018 he co-founded the Transforming Capitalism Lab, which focuses on upgrading the economic operating system in order to realize the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. With his colleagues he has delivered award-winning leadership development programs and cofacilitated innovation labs on reinventing education, health, business, and governance systems worldwide. Otto earned his diploma (with distinction) and PhD (summa cum laude) from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT (2015) and the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award (2016). In 2018 he was ranked #5 among the world’s top 30 education professionals by

  • Peter Senge

    Peter Senge has been at the forefront of organizational learning since publishing his classic text – The Fifth Discipline – in 1990. The Fifth Discipline provides the theories and methods to foster aspiration, develop reflective conversation, and understand complexity in order to build a learning organization. In 1997, Harvard Business Review named the learning organization as one of “the seminal business ideas of the prior 75 years.” Peter is driven by the desire to understand how we can work together to live in harmony with one another and with Mother Earth. He continues to push the boundaries of our understanding of organizational learning- teaching his principles in workshops and seminars across the country. Peter describes his process as “sharing” rather than “teaching”, in an attempt to “help people see not just what has been done before, but sharing what has been done, by suggestion, surfacing or eliciting what new might be possible.” Throughout his career, Peter has been asking, “how do we create the best conditions, including the tools and methods, for enabling learning communities?” Since the publication of The Fifth Discipline, Peter has shared the driving principles of organizational learning with business, education, health care, and government. Through his work, Peter strives to foster learning communities around the globe in order to improve our world. Considered by the Journal of Business Strategy as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy in the 20th Century; Peter is the founding chairperson of SoL and a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Peter graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in engineering. He holds an M.S. in social systems modeling and a PhD in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 1990, The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization 1994, The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook 1999, The Dance of Change 2000, Schools that Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares about Education 2004, Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future 2005, Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, ‘Organizations, and Society’ 2008, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.

  • Daniel Siegel

    Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative. Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He serves as the Medical Director of the LifeSpan Learning Institute and on the Advisory Board of the Blue School in New York City, which has built its curriculum around Dr. Siegel’s Mindsight approach. Dr. Siegel has published extensively for the professional audience. He is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and the internationally acclaimed text, The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (2nd. Ed., Guilford, 2012). This book introduces the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and has been utilized by a number of clinical and research organizations worldwide. Dr. Siegel serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over sixty textbooks. The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being (Norton, 2007) explores the nature of mindful awareness as a process that harnesses the social circuitry of the brain as it promotes mental, physical, and relational health. The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton, 2010), explores the application of focusing techniques for the clinician’s own development, as well as their clients' development of mindsight and neural integration. Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind (Norton, 2012), explores how to apply the interpersonal neurobiology approach to developing a healthy mind, an integrated brain, and empathic relationships. The New York Times bestseller Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human (Norton, 2016) offers a deep exploration of our mental lives as they emerge from the body and our relations to each other and the world around us. His New York Times bestseller Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence (Tarcher/Perigee, 2018) provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life. Dr. Siegel's publications for professionals and the public have been translated into over 40 forty languages. Dr. Siegel’s book, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (Bantam, 2010), offers the general reader an in-depth exploration of the power of the mind to integrate the brain and promote well-being. He has written five parenting books, including the three New York Times bestsellers Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Tarcher/Penguin, 2014); The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind (Random House, 2011) and No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind (Bantam, 2014), both with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child (Bantam, 2018) also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., and Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (Tarcher/Penguin, 2003) with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed. Dr. Siegel's unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts exciting and accessible has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups including mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, mediators, judges, and clergy. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London's Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He lives in Southern California with his family.

  • Diana Chapman Walsh

    Diana Chapman Walsh began her professional career, in the fall of 1966, at Barnard College. She spent five years, in the early 1970s, as the information and education director for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, on whose board she continued to serve for a decade. She was senior staff associate of the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health and then associate director of the Health Policy Institute at Boston University, where she developed and ran a fellowship program in health policy for corporate executives. As a Kellogg National Fellow, from 1987 to 1990, she traveled extensively (to Spain, Russia, Iceland, Norway, Brazil and throughout the United States) studying workplace democracy and patterns of leadership, and writing poetry.[1] Walsh has published on topics related to the organization and financing of health care services, the conservation of health, the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, the health effects of work and on a number of issues in higher education. Her empirical studies have appeared in professional and scholarly journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and she is the author of reviews, essays, commentaries, and case studies. She has written, edited and co-edited twelve books, including a nine-volume series on industry and health care published by Springer-Verlag, a study of the practice of medicine within corporations entitled Corporate Physicians: Between Medicine and Management, Yale University Press, 1987, a co-edited monograph entitled Society and Health and published by Oxford University Press, and an essay, Trustworthy Leadership, published by the Fetzer Institute. Walsh currently serves as chair of the board of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, as a member of the corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a trustee of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.