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What you will learn

  • Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of leading change in communities and organizations.

  • Apply project management techniques to help stakeholders define their own needs and assets to foster efficient stakeholder engagement.

  • Apply methods for understanding community and organization needs using a systems-based approach to problem solving.

Skills you will gain

Needs AssessmentAsset MappingSystems Thinking
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

2 hours to complete

Sustainability and Resilience

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 71 min)
11 videos
Sustainability and Resilience1m
Defining Sustainability5m
Defining Sustainability: Part 24m
4 Principles of Sustainability: A Systems Perspective5m
Sustainable Practices9m
Resilience: Introduction6m
Applying a Resilience Lense12m
Distinguishing Resilience from Sustainability3m
Systems Thinking for Sustainability and Resilience: Practice10m
Resilience Assessment10m
2 practice exercises
Review Applying a Resilience Lens10m
End of Sustainability and Resilience Quiz20m

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Needs Assessment and Asset Thinking

2 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 87 min)
16 videos
Letting the Community Decide7m
Getting People Involved11m
Needs Assessment: What Is It?6m
Needs Assessment: Before You Begin3m
Needs Assessment: Understanding the Current State3m
Needs Assessment: Gather and Analyze Information7m
Needs Assessment: Possible Questions2m
Needs Assessment: Identify Needs and Make Decisions5m
Needs Assessment: Barriers5m
Asset Mapping: Introduction5m
Asset Mapping: What is an Asset?5m
Asset Mapping: Set Up and Planning4m
Asset Mapping: Identify Assets5m
Asset Mapping: Data Collection5m
Asset Mapping: Map and Report6m
2 practice exercises
Reviewing Needs Assessments15m
End of Needs Assessment and Asset Mapping20m

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Systems Thinking for Change

6 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 137 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
14 videos
Systems Thinking and the Triple Bottom Line11m
Systems Thinking For Change12m
Being a Changemaker3m
Changemaker Archetypes3m
Keys to Making Change6m
Perspectives on Systems Thinking and Inclusive Leadership47m
Benefits of Co-Creation4m
Systems Thinking and Project Management4m
Applying Systems Thinking to Your Projects7m
Final Thoughts7m
Developing a Community Vision10m
Moving Beyond a Gas Station Stop9m
Transforming Communities: Final Project3m
2 readings
Transforming Communities Case Studies20m
Further Reading15m
2 practice exercises
Reviewing Inclusive Leadership10m
End of Systems Thinking for Change10m



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About the Leading Sustainable Community Transformation Specialization

The ability to engage stakeholders is an increasingly important competency that requires tact, strategy, collaboration, and high quality communication skills. Solving complex problems effectively, appropriately, and in a timely manner requires a major shift in mindset, moving away from siloed, discipline-specific methods.The three courses in this specialization are designed to provide a foundation for approaching complex problems, engaging with stakeholders, and providing tools to collect and analyze data to solve community transformation challenges holistically....
Leading Sustainable Community Transformation

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