Senior Lecturer at MIT
Claus Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation that aims to help "stakeholders from business, government, civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system". Scharmer is author of the change management method and book Theory U, and he is co-author of the book Leading from the Emerging Future that outlines "eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism". In 2015 he co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course for "leading profound change" in which more than 45,000 users from 185 countries have participated. With his colleagues he has delivered leadership development programs for corporate clients and co-facilitated innovation labs on reinventing education, health, business, government, and well-being. Scharmer received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT (2015), and the EU Leonardo Corporate Learning Award for the contributions of Theory U to the future of management. In 2017 he was ranked first of the world's top 30 education professionals by globalgurus.org
According to Scharmer, three main divides within the United States contributed to the success of Donald Trump, which took many by surprise.
Following the latest tragedy involving migrants, 28 members and leaders of the EU have initiated plans for a military operation to combat criminal gangs who smuggle refugees in thousands per ship. The details of the initiative still need to be clarified, and the body of water where the operation will cover needs to be decided. This will require Libya’s permission to destroy the smugglers’ boats in its territorial waters. The EU needs to obtain a mandate in order to operate under Chapter 7 of the United Nations (UN) charter.
The political mainstream thinks that this crisis is conjunctural, not structural. But the trouble with austerity policies is, that they increase the crisis in a cumulative way. With austerity one can only enlarge the probability to maintain the crisis, not to rule out it. And politicians don’t solve this problem – they preserve it.
The government has to stop taxing people and is in need of a long term plan, liberating entrepreneurs and also modernizing the public sector through technology and more qualified personnel. Social cohesion is eroding when there is no trust between the people and the state, but instead exertion and pressure.