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WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

Sustainability is all about the social, economic and environmental considerations we can make to ensure we create a future that works better for all of us. In this course learn how to map life cycles, how to calculate your ecological footprint, develop your ability to think critically about sustainability and bust through persistent eco-myths. Taught by a UNEP Champion of the Earth, this 5-part course will equip you to reframe sustainability, think critically about what it is and isn't, see past greenwashing, start thinking in systems, understand life cycles, and make more (truly) sustainable choices in your life and work.
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WHAT YOU WILL UNCOVER IN THIS COURSE

  • Examine the historical and contemporary underpinnings of sustainability, as both a concept and a practice.

  • Delve into the product of pop culture’s greenwashing and how to: (a) see through it and (b) avoid accidentally doing it.

  • Engage in reflective thinking around environmental impacts and consequences, including understanding function and functional impacts, and learn life-cycle thinking and assessment methods.

  • Receive the methods for evaluating environmental and social impacts, including determining the ecological footprint.

  • Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    LED BY

    Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative channg-maker prioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves togetehr her skills as a deisgner, sociologist, and entrepreneur, to create highly imersive educative experiences. She is a sought after international expert on systems change and sustainabaility, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people to intervene in systems to make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

COURSE CONTENT

  • 01
    Welcome
    Show Content
    • Welcome Message from Leyla
    • Welcome to the Sustainability Course!
    • A quick note...before you start
    • Brain warm-up
  • 02
    Part 1: What is Sustainability?
    Show Content
    • Introduction and Core Concepts
    • Video: What is sustainability?
    • Learning Action: Measure Your Ecological Footprint
    • Redesigning Systems for Sustainability
    • Reflection
    • Additional Resources
  • 03
    Part 2: Life Cycle Thinking
    Show Content
    • About Life Cycle Thinking
    • Video: Life Cycle Thinking
    • How to do Life Cycle Thinking
    • Learning Action: Life Cycle Map
    • Reflection
    • Additional Resources
  • 04
    Part 3: Thinking in Systems
    Show Content
    • About Thinking in Systems
    • Video: The Systems Perspective
    • Learning Action: Circles Map
    • Reflection
    • Additional Resources
  • 05
    Part 4: Busting Green Myths
    Show Content
    • About Busting Green Myths
    • Video: Busting Eco Myths
    • Learning Action: Bust An Eco Myth
    • Reflection
  • 06
    Part 5: The Opportunities
    Show Content
    • About Opportunities
    • Video: Opportunities
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
  • 07
    Sustainability Course Synthesis - Tying It All Together!
    Show Content
    • Tying It All Together
    • Sustainability Course Action Plan
    • Sustainability Course Final Feedback
    • Additional Resources

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE UNSCHOOL

“Being part of the UnSchool is not just about finding a connection with a global group of individuals eager to do good. It's about finding a way to activate your own agency, knowing that that's the only real way to change your world.”

ZOE PALMER

“The content has given me a practical way to delve into complex problems, exploring thinking far beyond my normal lines of inquiry, and to surface new areas for intervention and innovative ways of designing those interventions. Everyone who is tackling systems should learn this. ”

CATRIONA MCLAGAN

“As someone operating in the nonprofit sphere, it was refreshing to branch out and learn a new way of thinking. I’m going to take this new learning to become an agent of cultural change in my circles.”

MICHAEL PAONE

Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability

Learn all about

In this knowledge session, we take a proper look at the concept of sustainability beyond environmental folklore, and lay the foundations for how you can make more informed environmentally and socially-responsible choices in both your personal and professional lives alike. 

We will explore how to integrate sustainability into decision-making and take a look at best-practice approaches to understanding its impact. Along the way we'll shatter some common “green” myths and further examine how sustainability relates to professional practice.

You will learn about how to initiate your decision-making process by considering consequences, especially around personal consumption (which is our biggest issue). 

When we make choices, we consider the potential impacts of our actions and, in this case, inaction. We can consider and design for a future that avoids the potential catastrophes of inaction, by designing solutions that respect the systems that sustain life, while meeting the needs of the human species. 

From there, taking a lifecycle approach will help overcome the simplistic thinking around sustainability that has caused many of the problems to begin with. Leyla weaves in fascinating examples of where good intentions have led to not-so-great outcomes, while providing you with practical tools that you can start to apply right after the session!


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