Global Forum - 2014

From Ego- to Eco-System Economies: Creating Well-Being for All

The 2014 Global Presencing Forum focused on the global transformation from Ego-system to Eco-system Economies. The Forum was a two-day, highly participatory event that took place at MIT in Cambridge, MA (USA). Watch the plenary sessions of the Forum here.

The 2014 Global Forum brought together 250 leaders and change makers from 28 countries to form a cross-institutional and cross-sectoral platform. By creating such a space for change makers across sectors and boundaries to meet, co-sense, reflect, dialogue, and co-inspire, our intention was to explore how such a platform can lead to collaborative action that generates sustainability and well-being for all.

The Forum combined stories from leading change makers with minduflness practices, dialogue, music, personal reflection, a highly experimental form called Social Presencing Theater, and prototyping sessions. The morning sessions were live streamed to a global audience of 800-1,000, some of whom hosted parallel events in their local communities. You can see their photos and read their reflections on our Groups page.

The Forum was co-sponsored by MIT’s CoLab, the Presencing Institute, and the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. It brought together together four different groups of leaders:

Leaders and innovators from business, government, and international organizations

Kang Yoto, Bupati (Regent) of Bojonegoro, Indonesia

Grassroots movement builders and social entrepreneurs who work to empower those whose voices all too often go unheard

Sofia Campos, Board Chair, United We Dream

Thought leaders in transforming the economy toward sustainable well-being

Cylvia Hayes, First Lady of Oregon (USA)

Pioneers in blending mindfulness with cognition science in order to bring about positive social change

(L-R) Otto Scharmer, Presencing Institute; Arthur Zajonc, President, Mind & Life Institute; Peter Senge, MIT/SoL 

Many new initiatives were launched at the forum. Equally important are the many new connections forged between existing initiatives and new partners in order to accelerate already existing change initiatives. Keep an eye on our Blog in the coming weeks for updates and further details!

The full list of 2014 Global Presencing Forum speakers and panelists included:

Alice Maggio, Local Currency Program Director, Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Arawana Hayashi, Co-founder Presencing Institute, Social Presencing Theater
Arthur Zajonc, President, Mind & Life Institute
Beth Mount, Person Centered Planning
Bob Massie, President, New Economy Coalition
Caroline Howe, MIT Sloan; Groundswell, Inc.
Claudia Madrazo, La Vaca Independiente
Cylvia Hayes, First Lady, Oregon, founder and CEO of 3EStrategies
Dayna Cunningham, Exec. Director of the Community Innovators Lab, MIT
Denise Chaer, Novos Urbanos (Brazil)
Eileen Fisher, Founder, Eileen Fisher Inc. 
Isabel Guerrero, Vice President, World Bank (2008-2013)
Julia Kim, GNH Centre, Bhutan
Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College
Kang Yoto, Bupati, Bojonegoro, Indonesia
Karl Orvik, Violinist
Katherine Trebeck, Research and Policy Advisor, Oxfam GB
Lew Daly, Director of Policy and Research, Demos 
Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi, B'nai Jeshurun
Marcelo Cardoso, Executive Director, Fleury, Brazil
Mariana Velez, Alliances Coordinator, Yucatan Peninsula, The Nature Conservancy (Mexico)
Michelle Long, Exec. Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Ole Thomsen, Director, Central Denmark Healthcare Region
Otto Scharmer, MIT, Co-founder Presencing Institute
Pedro Leitao, Brazil Transformation Hub
Peter Senge, Sr. Lecturer MIT, Founding Chair: Society for Org. Learning
Phil Cass, CEO of the Columbus Medical Association
Phil Thompson, Assoc. Professor, Dept of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Roberto Benzo, Founding Director of the Breathing and Behavior Laboratory, Mayo Clinic
Sofia Campos, Board Chair, United We Dream
Stan Strickland, Singer, Saxophonist, Flutist, Actor
Tho Ha Vinh, GNH Centre, Bhutan
Yannick Beaudoin, Head of Marine Division, GRID-Arendal

For more details on speakers and panelists click here.


The Global Forum was co-sponsored by MIT CoLab, the MIT Department for Urban Studies and Planning, DOEN Foundation, the GIZ Global Leadership Academy, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Eileen Fisher Community Foundation.


During the Forum, we moved between ‘big picture’ engagement in plenary and ‘deep dive’ explorative breakaway sessions or Labs which focused on areas of profound innovation and system transformation. Labs included:

  • Collaborative and Conscious Consumption
  • Business: Unleashing the Power of Purpose and Compassion
  • Cultivating the Commons: a Green Economy in a Blue World
  • Movement Building and Shared Prosperity
  • Measuring What Matters: "Beyond GDP" 
  • Strengthening Our Sources of Health 
  • Education and Mindful Learning
  • Arts, Aesthetics, Action

Read more about the Labs here.

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*Recordings of the Forum are currently being edited and will soon be available to watch on-demand in shorter clips, so you can more easily find the segment/speaker you are looking for. Stay tuned.

Moderated by Kelvy Bird
Live course
11 Feb 2014 - 12 Feb 2014
Boston, MA USA