U Presentation

Download a PPT presentation on Theory U, used to provide an overview of the model and process. Keep in mind that the social technology of presencing only works if you shift the place from which you operate. Just like any artistic or advanced scientific practice, these tools and methods should be modified by their users as needed.

U Journaling Practice

Guided journaling leads participants through a self-reflective process along the different phases of the U. This practice allows participants to move through the different phases of the U-Process, and access deeper levels of self-knowledge, and to connect this knowledge to concrete action steps.

System Sculpting

A tool used in Day One labs during the Presencing Global Forum 2012.

Stakeholder Interviews

Stakeholder Interviews are conversations an individual conducts with his or her key stakeholder: customers, bosses, subordinates or peers both within and outside the organization. The interviews allow you to step into the shoes of your interviewees and see your role through the eyes of these stakeholders.

Social Presencing Theater

Social Presencing Theater is based on a premise that within every situation there is innate wisdom. Individual people have innate wisdom, and groups of people have innate wisdom. We can solve the seemingly intractable problems of the world by accessing our natural human capacity for attending and for creating.


Shadowing means to accompany a person for a period of time, for example 1/2 day to observe him/her during work, and learn from this observation. The purpose of the shadowing exercise is to observe and absorb practical and intuitive knowledge from a colleague, customer, or an otherwise interesting person,

Sensing Journeys

Sensing Journeys are a way of experiencing the system through the lens of different stakeholders. Together with other users of the system, participants will undertake small journeys to different places in that system.


After a group moves through the sensing and presencing stage of the U-Process, the U continues by crystallizing ideas and then prototyping them. Prototyping means to create a landing strip for the future you want to create, and to build something that allows you to explore an emerging idea or concept by doing something.

Dialogue Interviews

Dialogue interviews are intended to engage the interviewee in a reflective and generative conversation. This tool can be used to prepare for projects, workshops, or capacity building programs. The purpose is to create a generative conversation that allows for reflection, thinking together and some sparks of collective creativity to happen.