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SUSTAINABILITY 101

Challenge:

How can Malmö University introduce the concept of sustainability to their graduate students and equip them with the essential knowledge on sustainability in order for them to have a solid foundation and enable them to apply leadership and organizational theory in the context of sustainability?

Global Context:

Educational institutions address the formative years of our future designers, engineers, architects, urban developers and all other agents of change. It is a critical period where students are receptive, free to experiment and develop the foundation for how they will think, work and the principles that will guide them in their life journey. Moreover, it is much easier and cheaper for our society to address sustainability within the formative years of future professionals than to hope they will be trained or reeducated while they have already started working. Therefore, universities are becoming more and more aware that they need to equip their students with the right tools, principles and knowledge in order for them to succeed in creating a better more sustainable future for all. 

Year: 2019

Status: Finalized

Client: Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society, graduate students of the Master in Leadership for Sustainability.

Solved: Sustainability 101 - an interdisciplinary introductory course 

Sustainability is an interdisciplinary field of study, bridging social science with civic engineering and environmental science with innovative thinking. In order to understand their role as leaders for sustainability, students need a basic understanding of the complex and interconnected environmental, social and economic problems sustainable development is tackling and effective strategies they can apply. The Sustainability 101 week introduces students to the academic approach of sustainability focusing on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory, useful tools and practices that will enable them to apply leadership and organizational theory in the context of sustainability.

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Among the subjects that students are taught: history of sustainability, design thinking, circular economy, corporate sustainability management and tools, behavioral economics (nudging), biomimicry and more.
 
The program can be adapted to any level of studies, and tailored for a wide range of faculties. Contact us to find out how we can deliver this program to your school. 
 
Structure: lectures and workshops
 
Instructors: Cristina Dan – Founder of SOLVE and Henrik Siepelmeyer – Founder of plietsch.