Theory U

We support our clients and their stakeholders to press pause, reconsider the future they want and help build the awareness and capacity to get there. Everything we do or say is an invitation to reconsider the present and to consider new futures.

Theory U and You

The following poem was written at the Presenting Institute U-Theory Foundation Program in March 2017… To move from a here to a there. To go from a now to a then, without a rope ladder or a safety net. But with Angel wings. To move, pause, and look and listen and feel and pause again. […]

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Martin Kalunga-Banda


United Kingdom

FC_new people photos-Martin_Kalunga-Banda[social_icons ][social name=”email” link=”” label=”Email” target=”_blank”][/social][social name=”twitter” link=”” label=”Twitter” target=”_blank”][/social][social name=”linkedin” link=”″ label=”LinkedIn” target=”_blank”][/social][social name=”blogauthor” link=”” label=”Blog Posts” target=”_blank”][/social][/social_icons][/column_grid_4][column_grid_8]“In the early part of my career, I served as a lecturer in business ethics at the University of Zambia. One day my wife, Aggie, asked how I conducted my lectures. I responded, “There is only one way that university education is delivered. A lecturer prepares his or her materials which are delivered in one or two hour sessions.” Aggie, responded, “What do you think about conducting your sessions in a way that would invite students to participate in knowledge generation?” I responded, “I am responsible for providing this knowledge through lectures.” For months, Aggie ‘bothered’ me about trying out participatory learning techniques. After a year, I reconsidered. I asked Aggie to help me plan a participatory learning session and in the subsequent months the number of students attending my lectures grew from 50 to 120. The extra 70 were attracted by the invitation to co-create learning. Later, I realised that Aggie’s advice was a precursor to my work in organisation/ leadership development and innovation.”[/column_grid_8][/column_wrapper]

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The quality of Attention in a virtual world: MOOC MITx U.Lab

Collective intelligence is very powerful face to face, but I believe we are at the edge of making it work in very interesting ways virtually. And this opens up new possibilities for collective leadership practices at many scales.  The internet is making a huge amount possible in terms of day to day global connectivity.  But […]

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Uncovering the Grammar of the Social Field

“If you are interested in the invisible dimension of leading profound social change — and in a blend of action science and consciousness to illuminate that blind spot – then read on…” This was Otto Scharmer’s invitation on his Huffington Post blog recently. Otto went on to explain “Today, in most social systems, we collectively produce […]

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