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Leading Sustainable Communities and Organisations

Do you want to play a role in a sustainable future? Expand your knowledge and discover tools to help you lead sustainable change.

1,640 enrolled on this course

The earth is in our hands

Learn how to drive change with sustainable solutions

If you want to work towards a sustainable future, it’s essential that you understand the intersection of world-views, systems changes, and innovation to make it work.

On this two-week course, you’ll develop your understanding of sustainability thinking, frameworks, and leadership approaches to help you begin your journey toward sustainability and inspire change in others.

It’s critically important to understand the urgency in which change is required. This short course from the experts at academyEX and Tech Future Lab will strengthen your knowledge and capability to drive sustainable change. You’ll also examine innovative solutions for sustainability that you can start implementing immediately.

Understand the latest thinking in the sustainability field

You’ll develop a clear understanding of the most commonly used terms, theories, and principles in relation to sustainability, giving you a fresh perspective on how to lead sustainable change.

You’ll examine the latest thinking including practices, frameworks, challenges, and solutions so that you have a comprehensive understanding of how to approach this complex topic.

Discover how to lead for sustainable change

You’ll explore the key sustainability challenges facing the world before examining indigenous approaches and strategies from leaders in sustainability to help you lead change.

By the end of the course, you’ll have tools and resources to implement change in your organisations, communities, and at home.

You’ll learn that small-scale, incremental changes create impact and that you can be a part of the movement towards a sustainable future.

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What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Making Sense of Today: Introduction to Leading Sustainable Futures

  • Introduction to commonly used terms, frameworks and methodologies relating to sustainability.
  • Introduction to key current sustainability challenges facing the world now

Week 2: Frameworks and Tools for Sustainable Futures

  • Introduction to leadership for sustainability including an overview of key skills and competencies and indigenous approaches to leading sustainability.
  • Overview of innovative solutions for sustainability.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the most commonly used terms, theories and principles in relation to sustainability and the current conditions prompting change
  • Evaluate and reflect on leadership for sustainability, innovative approaches to change, and the importance of diverse worldviews to generate impactful change

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in sustainability.

It will empower you with an understanding of approaches to sustainability and help you lead your organisation and community toward a more sustainable future.

Who will you learn with?

I Lead Change For Good at The Mind Lab, where I combine 25+ years senior and executive 'doing the right thing' roles with education. My passion is radical collaboration toward a thriving future.

A geographer and educator, I have a passion for understanding the interconnections between people and places, and exploring different approaches to creating impactful futures for all.

Who developed the course?


At academyEX, we are on a mission to make education exactly what you need for the real-world challenges you want to solve. We do it differently so you can make a sustainable, impactful change on the world.

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    Auckland, New Zealand

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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