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Social Presencing Theater, a workshop looking into our inter-personal connections.

Mery Miguez

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM (CEST)

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Using “presencing” and Theory U, Social Presencing Theater is an innovative social art form developed by the Presencing Institute, co-founded by Arawana Hayashi and Otto Scharmer. It draws upon a body-based, intuitive knowledge of oneself and others.


This workshop provides training and practice in embodiment and Social Presencing Theater as it applies to leadership and change work. Workshop participants engage in individual mindfulness of body practices and in practices that increase awareness of the “social body”. Although it's design is suitable for all people, it mainly attracts educators, consultants, facilitators, coaches, managers and change-makers.


By heightening their sense of inter-personal connection, participants are better able to access creativity, facilitate groups and provide effective and compassionate leadership. The use of non-verbal techniques to inquire into “stuck” situations in one’s personal and organizational life lead to surprising insights and possibilities.

Social Presencing Theater heightens sensitivity to current experience, brings attention to shifts in the social or contextual field, and is a method for prototyping seeds of the future.


Drawing on the arts and contemplative traditions, Social Presencing Theater brings to the surface a clearer sense of the relationships, hidden dynamics, and emerging possibilities inherent in a team, organization or larger system. It allows co-creators in a given system to gain insight into the current situation and seeing potential opportunities for change. It sets the ground for creative collective action.  In this workshop, participants will apply Social Presencing Theater methods to specific personal and leadership challenges.




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Excerpts from a most recent article from an interview with Otto Scharmer and Arawana Hayashi, published in the strategy+business blog.



S+B: How do you define social presencing theater?
 It is a method for helping organizations and larger social systems get in touch with the knowledge they already have about the deep interpersonal structures that inhibit real change from happening. It’s not the only method, but it’s one that we have found very effective. Business leaders often lack a map of the emotional experience in a situation — who is in the center, who is ignored, where the blind spots are. Social presencing theater creates a shared map that people can use as a reference point in visualizing some of the deeper systemic issues that inhibit progress. People feel a stronger emotional connection to the system as a whole. The method shows where groups are stuck today, where they could be going tomorrow, and what the real issues are in moving from here to there.



S+B: Is there a link between the physical body awareness of an exercise like this and the ability to move forward emotionally?

HAYASHI: I think so. There is a lot of research now on emotional intelligence, but very little on the knowledge inherent in the body. It’s not just sensation; it’s connection with other people and with the present. It’s so easy to lose that presence; to be lost in thought and completely disconnected from your environment. Your body is walking to the car in a parking lot, but your mind is thinking about what happened yesterday, and these two sensations aren’t synchronized. You don’t notice the light, or the people standing nearby, or anything about your environment. And that may diminish your ability to act.

Experiences like SPT point to our interconnectedness and the fact that we are always a part of a social body. The body itself is a sensing organ. The signals that it receives are a bit like what Eugene Gendlin, the author of Focusing[Everest House, 1978], calls “the felt sense”: a quality of knowing that extends beyond the five senses to body awareness. At this moment, in this office building, the air and the light have a particular quality. It would be different if it were morning on a beach, or if you were interviewing different people. There would be a different texture, a different quality, even if the words were exactly the same.

The body has a voice. When you let that voice speak, even for 20 minutes out of your day, you change the things you notice. We call this embodiment: the sensation that you live in a particular body, on this big Planet Earth body, and that’s where you start every day. That awareness affects your relationships and your decision making. If you are disconnected from your own body, I think you will be disconnected from the social body as well, and from the people around you.



S+B: Why wouldn’t most leaders want to move directly into the prototyping stage, instead of taking a detour through sensing and presencing?
 If you start with prototyping, you just keep reenacting your old mental models, more of the same. If you face a real situation of disruption, you need to put more effort into getting out of your own bubble and immersing yourself in the places of most potential.

There’s a whole landscape of collaborative relationships based on these principles that we see emerging worldwide. This movement embodies a shift in the social field from “ego-system awareness” to ecosystem awareness. Personally, I think that this subtle shift may well be the single most important event of our time. Methods like social presencing theater make this shift visible and actionable on the level of groups, organizations, and larger social systems. 

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Mery Miguez is a Social Presencing Theater (SPT) teacher and arts facilitator, meditation teacher and changemaker. She is also a Master certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Marin style, (NLP Marin) practitioner. Her personal arts practice is theater clowning.

Her passion is to facilitate transformative learning experiences, where groups get in touch with their highest potential through accessing individual and collaborative creativity. In her experience, she finds that when we are able to tap into the collective awareness in the present moment, as a society we are able to sense what wants to emerge in the next moment. The result of this is profound innovation.

Mery’s unique approach has been shaped by her lifelong journey to find the core from where we humans express the very best of ourselves. She loves finding ways to support people to open up to their gifts and be more of who they really are, she helps people become co-creators of the world they want to live in. Mery is convinced that as each of us finds our place in the puzzle of life, society becomes more whole.

A native of Argentina, Mery moved to New York City in 1997 to pursue her love for acting and theater. For the last 15 years, she has had a professional career in contemplative practices which includes teaching and hosting meditation retreats and workshops in USA and Europe. In 2014, she completed her training of Advanced Social Presencing Theater under the auspices of the Presencing Institute at MIT with Arawana Hayashi and Otto Scharmer. Mery Miguez is part of a small global team of 14 approved Social Presencing Theater teachers and facilitators. For the full list and to learn more about SPT, click here. She has been involved in hosting and facilitating several U-Labs, both in person and virtually (in English and in Spanish) since the launch of the first MOOC in January of 2015. In the past 2 years she has been engaging in bringing these tools into the scientific sector, working as a facilitator and program designer for ReImagine Science.

What she loves most about Social Presencing Theater is that it’s a methodology that embraces embodiment and presencing as it applies to leadership, creative arts, systems thinking, Theory U and mindfulness-awareness practices, all of which had formed the backbone of Mery’s approach in working with individuals and groups.

Currently Mery lives with her partner in San Francisco, California.



  • This course will be taught in English.
  • Bring comfortable cloths that allow for moderate movement.
  • Dates: Thursday, October 19th from 9am to 5:30pm and Friday, October 20th from 9am to 1pm
  • Snacks and tea are provided during breaks 
  • Lunch is not provided but restaurant options will be available 
  • At the end of the first day, we will be watching together the 2nd live session of the u.lab MOOC, led by Otto Scharmer from 4pm to 5:00pm and from 5 to 5:30pm we will host a discussion about the session.  This is a chance for those of us that are doing the u.lab to watch the session in good company and have good discussion afterwords. And for those of us that didn't get to do u.lab this time, this will serve us as a teaser 
  • No previous experience on Theory U or Social Presencing Theater is required. 
  • If you want to get familiar with the concepts you are welcome to register and take this 90 min course that you can do on your own time, is free and very easy to do.

    u.lab 0x: Leading Awareness-Based Systems Change - How to Sense and Actualize the Future

  • There are only 10 spots available for this workshop, so if you have been wishing for a chance to learn more about this wonderful social technology, this is your chance.




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avenue Édouard Lacomble 10 1140 Brussels

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM (CEST)

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