U.Lab @ Impact Hub Oakland: Prototyping the Future of Our City

Love Oakland? Care about what’s going down in The Town? Join the U.Lab to prototype solutions to local issues such as gentrification, police/community relations, food justice, and more.

Starting September 8th, Impact Hub Oakland invites you to join the U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self. The U.Lab is a global online course from MIT that brings together tens of thousands of changemakers and teaches a powerful methodology for systemic transformation based on mindfulness, leadership development, social innovation and systems thinking. We believe in the power of social change through entrepreneurial action, and see the potential offered by the U.Lab course for locally rooted, globally connected communities of changemakers to catalyze systemic change. Last Fall, 44 Impact Hubs offered this course, and it was a profound experience for those who participated. Some of the participants had this to say:
  • "I was able to meet others in my community and share a common thread for improving Oakland. I would not have done that without my U.Lab group"
  • "Transformative program that is relevant to current needs for oneself and for organizations. A mirror to understand developments in society both locally and globally. Inspiring!"
  • "I have a deeper understanding of Theory U. It is brilliant!"
  • "The U.Lab changed my LIFE"
We are encouraging teams and organizations to participate, so that you can prototype with your existing project or startup. We are proud to partner with our sponsor, Main Street Launch, who is making scholarships available for African American entrepreneurs. Please apply HERE. We hope you will join us for this powerfully transformative 3-month journey!  

How can I participate?

We are offering a FREE introductory session on September 8th, and then we’ll begin a 3-month cohort that pairs the U.Lab program with a U.Lab Connect Membership (September through mid-Dec). Join us for in-depth learning, connecting and prototyping the Future of Oakland for only $35 per month.* Scholarships for African American entrepreneurs are available, please apply here.  

Why opt for the U.Lab Connect Membership?  

The U.Lab is a free online course that invites offline engagement and prototyping; indeed, this is essential to deepening your understanding of the material. You could take this course on your own, but when you become a member of Impact Hub Oakland, you are a part of a rich, diverse community of purpose-driven people who believe another world is possible. Our vibrant community offers a great environment for learning, connecting and prototyping - so that your ideas can actually manifest with the support of like-minded people with common intentions. You will also join a global community of over 11,000 other Impact Hub Members worldwide. The U.Lab course is free for current Impact Hub Oakland members.  
The U.Lab Connect Membership includes the following benefits:
  • A weekly meetup to make sense of & practice the learning material, and support your U journey in project groups.
  • A connection to people in our impact ecosystem - entrepreneurs, changemakers and regional stakeholders - who are working to create a world that works for all.
  • A hosted environment that will support your journey through the U.Lab experience to bring the course and your ideas to life.
  • A beautiful and well-equipped meeting place for the live sessions and group activities with your fellow U.Lab participants, and 10 hours/month of co-working access.
  • Connect Membership benefits: Part-time member discount for conference room and venue rentals; free/discounted event tickets; and membership in the Impact Hub global network and virtual community on HUBnet.


Choose your option below. And don't forget to join us for our Kick-off Session on September 8th!

Mark your calendar for these meetup dates and times!

Thursday Mornings:
WEEK 0: INTRODUCTION TO U.LAB: THE JOURNEY AHEAD – THURSDAY, 9/8, 9:00 -11:00AM An interactive introduction to the U.Lab program, your hosting team and your fellow journeyers.
WEEK 1: LIVE SESSION, THURSDAY, 9/15, 7:00 - 9:30 AM NOTE EARLY START TIME. For live sessions, course instructor Otto Scharmer and the u.lab team will facilitate a live, interactive classroom session that will bring together u.lab participants from around the world.
WEEK 2: CO-INITIATING – THURSDAY, 9/22, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Introduction to our current moment of disruption; “bending the beam"of scientific observation back on ourselves; guided mindfulness practice; overview of the journey through U.Lab.
WEEK 3: CO-SENSING PT. 1 – THURSDAY, 9/29, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Gathering data by suspending and listening; Shifting the inner place from where we operate as groups; How to plan and go on a journey and where you practice sensemaking at the edges of your system.
WEEK 4: LIVE SESSION, THURSDAY, 10/6, 7:00 - 9:30 AM NOTE EARLY START TIME. For live sessions, course instructor Otto Scharmer and the u.lab team will facilitate a live, interactive classroom session that will bring together u.lab participants from around the world.
WEEK 5: CO-SENSING PT. 2  – THURSDAY, 10/13, 9:00 - 11:00 AM This week we'll continue working with your sense-making activities.
WEEK 6: SOCIAL PRESENCING THEATER - THURSDAY, 10/20, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Learn and practice the basics of Social Presencing Theater, a method that allows you to make sense of your current reality in a way that’s fast, surfaces deep data, and provides a common language for the system you’re operating in to rapidly sense and see itself.
WEEK 7: LIVE SESSION, THURSDAY, 10/27, 7:00 - 9:30 AM NOTE EARLY START TIME. For live sessions, course instructor Otto Scharmer and the u.lab team will facilitate a live, interactive classroom session that will bring together u.lab participants from around the world.
WEEK 8: PRESENCING – THURSDAY, 11/3, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Field of the Future Journaling exercise; connecting to our highest future possibility.
WEEK 9: CRYSTALLIZING – THURSDAY, 11/10, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Staying connected to your deeper sources of inspiration – paying attention in a way that will enable you to sense and actualize prototyping initiatives
WEEK 10: PROTOTYPING – THURSDAY, 11/17, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Develop a prototype initiative that connects the the personal, relational, and systemic dimensions of change
WEEK 11: CO-EVOLVING - THURSDAY, 12/1, 9:00 - 11:00 AM The Coaching Circle is a U.Lab practice that helps you see your situation from expansive new perspectives, with your fellow journeyers playing the role of “coaches” in groups of four. You will each take a turn receiving the gift of this coaching.
WEEK 12: GLOBAL MOVEMENT BUILDING – THURSDAY, 12/8, 9:00 - 11:00 AM What is emerging in our global community of awareness-based change makers, and what is needed to carry the momentum forward?
* Current IHO members automatically have access to this & are not required to purchase any additional membership product. Just register your intent to participate HERE.