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1 2 BLENDED Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from. Since it emerged around 2006, Theory U has come to be understood in three primary ways: first as a framework; second as a method for leading profound change; and third as a way of being, connecting to the more authentic higher aspects of our self. An interview with Otto Scharmer and Pim Pollen PP: Change! Change is the commodity. Everybody is talking about change in organizations, schools, hospitals or companies. Taking it seriously and having it as part of their strategy leads to a changed company. Change is actually the key word! How important is that we accept change as part of our life because the Theory U is an evolution in itself. Can change be integrated into social development? OS: Change and Innovation are the buzz words of today. There is a structural meaning to it and if we look at historical experiences and digital transformation driven by network society - there is some objective reason behind it that proves the case. It is with this we realize that with evolution the historical period is same old world war and other events where disruptive change happened. It also brings about the interesting and challenging part of this era. Change is pervasive, it is part of what we experience and just about anything we experience personally and institutionally. Change can be seen as AT WORK Veranderpraktijk 1 horizontal or vertical. Horizontal is any type of change and Vertical change means change in evolution of human consciousness. This is what Theory U is all about System change. PP: Is vertical change result of evolution of human intervention or human consciousness? OS: Vertical development is the result of many factors. Human interventions is a small part of that, it is basically the changes that we face where only a few factors are under our control and you deal with new type of situations. For example, Climate destabilization, the factors that are hitting back on us are repercussions of our own actions of the past, which are reflecting on the social system of today. Thus we see there are different kinds of disruption: financial, political, refugees, terrorism, etc. It looks like the frequency of disruptions has been increasing since 2001 and which we cannot control. What is what we can control? We can control the way we respond to these disruptions, which is what Theory U is all about. It helps you in the face of disruption and not go into presence and not go into regression that we see across US, Europe, republican candidates etc. It helps in modeling through problem solving or regression talk where we build the wall “Us versus them” that is causing all these problems and wishing you into the wall that existed or never existed at all. The third response would be to lean into new responsibilities. It helps you in letting go of a part of you and molds you into a new identity. In a nutshell, Theory U helps you to deal with disruptive change in a way that puts you on an evolutionary path of vertical 30