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Wrapping Up week 3

In this article, we recap the subjects that we tackle during this week before we finish our learning journey in SiD Theory.
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You’ve completed another week. Let’s quickly refresh what we have covered in this section.

When setting out to transition to a more desirable state, one must not be discouraged by the difficulties ahead. Recall that it is important to overstate your goals to a certain degree in sustainability projects. While this may seem counter-intuitive, this overstatement is akin to a sharpshooter adjusting for various extraneous factors when aiming for the bulls-eye. We must aim to exceed our goals to securely arrive at the actual, initial goal. This overstatement, however, does not mean that we should not be mindful and careful of our resources and capabilities.

Also, recall that the general (somewhat rough) rules of thumb for transitions are : 1 Change doing some things 2 Start doing certain things 3 Stop doing certain things 4 Replace doing certain things with other things

Furthermore, you have tools such as Transition Mapping and DRIFT Mapping to help you outline the process of your transition. This will help you understand at which stage you are during the transition journey and what actions are required to progress. See 3.3 (“The Actions to Go from A to B”) to refresh your memory. Archive those diagrams so they will be of use when necessary.

Lastly, we saw how changes can be brought around by a bottom-up or a top-down approach and what those types of interventions entail.

If you need to refresh some of these, go back to the lesson in question and study to your heart’s content, or simply leave a comment below and we will be glad to discuss things you are unsure about further.

Don’t forget to tell us what do you think about this course so far, this helps us to improve our content, delivery and keep the course as refined as can be for you and the next students.

We look forward to seeing you at the next step of the course.

Except Academy Team!

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