Our Journey and SoL Global Key Milestones


SoL Singapore runs its inaugural event


SoL Singapore formally approved as a society by the Singapore Registrar of Societies and as a Member of the Global Association of SoL Communities


Fifth SoL Global Forum in Paris and GASC General Assembly


Society for Organizational Learning Global Association of SoL Communities (GASC) founded. Constitution accepted.


Transition work from SoL N.A. to a Global Association. SoL Global Coaching Community


SoL Coaching Community of Practice


First SoL Global Forum in Helsinki – start of true global initiatives with the International presence in the Founding SoL Annual meetings design teams. Focus shift from “Creating organizations worthy of peoples fullest commitment,” to focus on global challenges that SoL could address.


SoL began publication of its journal, Reflections. This publication provides a way for the SoL community to share its work with each other and the world.


The MIT Center emerged as an independent organisation, the Society for Organizational Learning, Founding Chair, Peter M. Senge Ph.D. composed of corporations, researchers and consultants dedicated to the interdependent development of people and their institutions.


The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, R. B. Ross, Bryan J. Smith


MIT Center for Organizational Development was Founded by Ari de Geus.


The Fifth Discipline, The art and practice of the Learning Organization, Peter m. Senge Ph. D.


Dr. Peter Senge

Peter M. Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also  founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the “interdependent development of people and their institutions.”

He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization (1990, revised edition published 2006) and, with colleagues Charlotte Roberts, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith and Art Kleiner, co-author of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (1994) and a fieldbook The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (March, 1999), also co-authored by George Roth. In September 2000, a fieldbook on education was published, the award winning Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education, co-authored with Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Bryan Smith, Janis Dutton, and Art Kleiner. Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, co-authored with Claus Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers, was published in 2004. A new book, The Necessary Revolution, co-authored with Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley will be released June, 2008.


See www.solonline.org for more information.

When the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) began twenty four ago as the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT, leaders from large corporations recognized that the challenges and opportunities of the future would require a new level of collaboration.

Each organization made the commitment to undertake change projects in some if not all of its business, to engage in research and building learning capacities in the process, and to share the results of this work with their peers.

In the ensuing years, the pace of change and the complexity of the business environment has done nothing to lessen our convictions about collaboration


Today, we feel it is essential that leaders at many levels in organizations:

  • engage all their sensing capacity to identify challenges and opportunities,

  • reflect on their meaning and implications,

  • clarify what results the organization wants to create,

  • generate a range of options to consider with appreciation for their unintended consequences,

  • adopt an experimental posture to develop new skills and behaviors while testing assumptions about the issues at hand, and

  • build relationships within and between organizations that creates a resilient network of resources and support.

The Marblehead Letter

Today, SoL communities are forming in over 30 countries on all six continents. The Marblehead Letter, highlights of the natural agenda of issues shaping the future, especially for corporations with global scope, adopted by the executive champions group meeting at Marblehead, Massachusetts in June 2001.