Theory U Workshop

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Start Date: 11 Dec 2014

Start Time: 9:30 AM

End Time: 4:30 PM

Duration: 7 hours

Venue: University of Roehampton Business School, London, SW15 5PU › View map

A one-day introductory workshop in Theory U: “How to Facilitate Innovation and Profound Change at Personal, Organisational and Societal levels.”

For information on Theory U and the Presencing Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, see

Here are some questions that can help you decide whether this program is for you:

  • Are you looking for ways to bring about sustainable change in organisations?
  • Is innovation eluding you?
  • Are you dealing with a problem situation for which there seems to be no answer?
  • Do you need a framework that creates fresh and sustainable solutions for constantly emerging challenges?
  • Are you looking for collaborative ways of working across traditional silos?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you might find this introductory workshop opening up for some deep and profound learning.

Workshop Description

Theory U (also known as the U-Process) is a socio-technology that is designed to address complex problems, facilitate deep or profound and lasting systemic change and foster innovation and collaboration.  Theory U can be applied to complex challenges at personal, organisational and societal levels.

What makes the skills that Theory U imparts essential? We are living in complex and fast changing times. We are faced with massive institutional and system failure. We collectively create results that nobody wants: financial and economic collapse, poor healthcare, climate change and increasing poverty, among others. Our current political, economic, and educational institutions are broken. We need to learn new ways to bring about the change we need. Traditional approaches to facilitating change, innovation and resolving complex challenges are not producing the results we want. 

Theory U suggests that in order to meet existing challenges we need a deeper learning cycle based on sensing an emerging future, rather than simply past experience. What is needed is a learning process that gives us the skills to tune into future possibilities and realize them effectively together.

Workshop leaders

Our workshop leaders are Martin Kalungu-Banda and Megan Seneque. Martin and Megan are associates of the Presencing Institute (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).


Martin Kalungu-Bandu

Martin is a consultant in organisation and leadership development; a designer and facilitator of innovation and organisation change processes; a trainer, coach and author. He serves as Core-Faculty Member of the Presencing Institute, the HSBC Next Generation Development Programme, HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference for Leaders Programme. He is also visiting faculty for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Between March 2005 and May 2008, Martin served as Special Consultant to the President of Zambia. He is the author of the bestseller Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela (2006) which has been translated into six languages including Dutch and Hindi; and It’s How We End That Matters: Leadership Lessons from an African President (2009). Martin holds professional qualifications in Organisation Development and Coaching; and academic qualifications in Public Affairs, Philosophy, Development Studies and Anthropology.

Megan Seneque

Megan’s career as an academic and as a social process and development professional began in South Africa at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal where she was involved in long-term work on curriculum transformation in the transition to post-Apartheid South Africa. Megan was lead designer and Founding Director of a Leadership Centre at the University, with the mandate to build leadership capability for equitable, sustainable development across Southern Africa. She has published her experience of establishing the Centre - and what it means to lead transformational change - in the European Business Review and the Journal of Change Management. She has continued her work of building capability for systemic, collaborative change in an international context, in both the private and public sectors and with UN agencies. She is Honorary Research Fellow with the Centre for Organisational Research at Roehampton University Business School. She is based in France.

Additional Information

Costs: £150 for non-members; £125 for members


Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Lucy Dollman at

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