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The Stockholm Resilience Centre is launching a new, free MOOC on transforming development! 

Transforming Development: The Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking explores how concepts from resilience may help us re-think and indeed, transform current development practice. 

With concerns about climate and global environmental changes, extreme events, and increases in social, economic, and political shocks, the concept of resilience is proving popular across a range of sectors as a way to understand and respond to our surprise-riddled world. 

Resilience thinking includes the ability to persist in the face of challenges, adapt to new realities, or transform to fundamentally new paths for development. Resilience thinking is more than a theory, more than a set of tools. It is a way of seeing the world, offering a new perspective of how change in the world happens. Resilience thinking provides a new approach for building understanding and taking action in a complex world that is deeply interconnected and ever-changing. 

This course includes case studies and examples from practitioners who are working with resilience concepts in diverse contexts around the world. It is supported by strong scientific evidence and committed to being a platform to bring together and spark collaboration between individuals and organizations from around the world who are driven to transform development. 

This course is for development practitioners, policymakers and managers within development agencies around the world, as well as those working in the field with an interest in resilience thinking as it relates to development policy and practice; students who are interested in the intersection of resilience, sustainability and development, and with a general interest in both local and global sustainability challenges; and anyone with an interest in development, resilience thinking, and sustainability.

  • Course begins: 30 April 2018
  • Course ends: all graded content must be submitted by 23:00 UCT on June 30, 2018
  • Length: Seven modules released weekly, with a two-week catch-up period at the end
  • Effort: 2-4 hours per week
  • Price: FREE
  • Language: English
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Requirements: An internet connection to access course materials

Find out more and sign up to the course here:


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