The Scottish Government (Local Government and Communities Directorate) is promoting the ‘U.Lab’ approach to leadership for transformational change through development of “…..a new consciousness and a new collective leadership capacity to meet challenges in a more conscious, intentional, and strategic way. The development of such a capacity would allow us to create a future of greater possibilities.”
U.Lab will run from 10 September until end-October 2015, and will be delivered partly online and partly through local groups meeting together (physically or online), at no financial cost. Participation will involve a commitment of at least 3 hours each week, primarily through online learning materials which can be accessed 24/7 – whenever it suits participants. You can find out more here https://www.presencing.com/ulab/overview.
In summary, U.Lab is a global programme run by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and led by Otto Scharmer, (see video here), one of the world’s most respected thinkers and change practitioners. U.Lab provides world-leading expertise on how to accelerate change; participants themselves will bring the particular issues that are important to them. Given the potential we believe U.Lab has to support communities and improve outcomes the Scottish Government is working with Otto Scharmer to deliver additional bespoke Scottish elements of the global programme, including developing a supporting local infrastructure of hubs across Scotland.
Scottish Government would like to invite anyone interested in participating in U.Lab Scotland, and particularly if they are interested in becoming a hub host, to attend some of the following preparatory events in Edinburgh:
- 1 June: 11am to 4pm – open to anyone wishing to learn more about U.Lab and how we might use it to lead transformational change in Scotland. Please book your space here https://ulabscotland1june2015.eventbrite.co.uk
- 3 July: 9.30am to 5pm – strongly recommended training event for all hub hosts. We will be joined by Otto Scharmer and his colleagues to provide support and training to everyone taking on the role of hub host. Please book your space here http://ulabscotland3july2015hubhosttraining.eventbrite.co.uk
- 1 September: 9.30am to 5pm – strongly recommended preparatory event for all hub hosts. Please book your space here https://ulabscotland1sep2015hubhostsprep.eventbrite.co.uk
Please contact Angie.Meffan-Main@scotland.gsi.gov.uk (0131 244 0545) if you have any queries.