The u.lab is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that offers a learning infrastructure to as many people as possible to get familiar with the methods and principles of Theory U. Beyond that, it’s a platform to catalyze and scale societal renewal through global and local engagement, connection & activation.
U.lab 1x offers a platform that blends new tech tools, social change processes, and multi-local community building efforts. Today’s challenges call for profound innovation across all societal sectors. Rethinking, reinventing and evolving the way we operate in our society requires a profound shift in how we think, engage and act (activating the intelligence of the head, heart, and hand).
u.lab 1x Course Modules
All modules will be made available on September 9th. While you can complete the course at your own pace, the instructors will facilitate Live Sessions on a monthly basis — as indicated below.
In this Introduction to u.lab, you will learn how to use and navigate the social and community elements of the course, and you will find some guidelines to get familiar with the edX platform.
Module 1: Co-Initiating:
This module is the actual start of the course, and it consists of an introduction to the deeper sources of our current global challenges. You will learn about the art and practice of deep listening, and set your intention for the journey ahead. There will be a Live Session on September 24th that corresponds to Module 1.
Module 2: Co-Sensing
To sense into your current context, in this module you will learn how to gather data by suspending and listening through practices such as learning journeys and stakeholder interviews. The second half of this module will teach you how to make sense of the data you generate using Social Presencing Theater.
Module 3: Presencing
At the bottom of the U, you will be guided to retreat and reflect, allowing deeper sources of knowledge to emerge by connecting with a future possibility that is in need of us. There will be a Live Session on October 22nd that corresponds to Module 3.
Module 4: Co-Creating
To move upwards after the profound phase of Presencing, in this module you will learn how to stay connected to your deeper sources of inspiration and pay attention in a way that will enable you to move from idea to action — learning by doing. This module also describes practices to engage in prototyping activities to generate feedback that will help you evolve your inspiration / idea. In a nutshell, this module contains principles to support the evolution from an idea, to a prototype, to an initiative with the potential to scale.
Module 5: Co-Evolving
We all know about many episodes and stories of great transformational change and breakthrough. But at the end of the day they remain merely that: episodes. Sooner or later the larger system snaps back into the old way of operating. Unless the deeper root issues are addressed, transformational episodes may lack the conditions to spread across the remaining system. How to attend to these root issues while prototyping is the question we will explore in this Module. There will be a Live Session on November 19th that corresponds to Module 5.
Module 6: The Journey Ahead
What is emerging globally from u.lab 1x and what is needed to carry momentum forward? What are the next steps in the u.lab journey? There will be a final Live Session on December 10th addressing these questions.