Dialogues on Transforming Society & Self (DoTS) - Episode 2

Apr 16, 2019

Reinventing 21st Century University: the new learning coordinates

Reinventing 21st Century University: the new learning coordinates

We are pleased to announce the continuation of the monthly interactive Dialogues online about key acupuncture points of societal transformation, hosted by Otto Scharmer. Episode #2, “Reinventing the 21st Century University - The New Learning Coordinates” will take place on 8th May and will zoom in on education and the "new learning coordinates" of our time. 

Otto’s most recent article Vertical Literacy: Reimagining the 21st Century University serves as pre-reading for episode 2.

Our Guest Speakers

Here is some background information about our guest speakers James Martin and Eva Pomeroy. 

James R. Martin II, U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering

James R. Martin IIJames R. Martin II is the U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. Previously, he served as the Bob Benmosche Professor and Chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University, where he led the development of new curricula, establishment of new degree programs and forged new transdisciplinary research collaborations both nationally and in China.
Prior to Clemson, Dean Martin served more than 20 years on the civil engineering faculty at Virginia Tech and five years as director of the Disaster Risk Management Institute.

Internationally recognized for his earthquake research, Dean Martin has served as an earthquake engineering consultant on more than 100 major infrastructure projects for global corporations, engineering firms and government agencies, and has contributed to improved earthquake building code standards in the central and eastern U.S.

Dean Martin earned a B.S. in civil engineering from The Citadel, and M.S. and PhD in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. He has received numerous national, state and university awards for research, teaching and professional service, including the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Norman Medal, the highest honor for published work in his field. He was inducted into the Virginia Tech Civil Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2015.

Eva Pomeroy

Eva Pomeroy

Eva Pomeroy is the Social Innovator in Residence at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Her work builds on over two decades experience in experiential learning, in both formal and adjunct educational settings. In 2016, she co-founded the Concordia U.lab Social Innovation Hub in 2016, a laboratory learning space that blends undergraduate & graduate students, staff & faculty, and members of the local community as co-learners. 

Eva and her colleagues work with Theory U and u.lab in an effort to explore and impact the democratization of education, develop the structures and conditions that enable people to self-organize in meaningful ways, and collaboratively source knowledge. Eva co-convenes the Presencing Institute’s Social Field Research Summer School. She is the 2019 recipient of the Concordia Alumni Recognition Award for Innovative Teaching.


Planned subsequent topics for the DOTS series include:

  • June: As Systems Collapse, People Rise - The New Political Coordinates
  • July: The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism - The New Economic Coordinates
  • September: Reinventing Business As A Force For Good - From Ego to Eco
  • October: Reinventing Democracy As A Force for Good - The New Politics of Well-Being
  • November: Reshaping Systems Change - Inventing New Social Arts and Awareness-based Social Technologies
  • December: Reinventing Money As A Force for Good

These monthly Dialogues on Transforming Society and Self (DoTS) will run throughout 2019, with each episode preceded by a new column from Otto, published in HuffPost’s This New World section and/or our Field of the Future Blog. Registration for each Dialogue episode will be free and open to all. Number of seats will be limited, due to the small group dialogue format that will be part of the session.

With a variety of guests, stories and breakout sessions, these Dialogues provide an ongoing space for coming together and sensing into inspiring examples of societal renewal.

You can find more information on the first episode of the Dialogues on Societal Transformation in this article.

Registrations for the upcoming session on May 8th are now open here

(April 17th update: waitlist only)