Prospective students

Who should take the course?
Think Resilience is designed for anyone who is concerned about society’s unsustainable path, wants to better understand how we got here, and is interested in learning what we can do about it now.. Whether you’re new to sustainability issues or have been a dedicated activist for years, this course offers insight and inspiration.

How long does the course take?
The 22 video lessons are approximately 4 hours in total. In the Self-Directed Course you can complete the lessons at your own pace. To get the most out of the course, we suggest you set aside at least half an hour to review the suggested readings and videos provided after each Lesson.

Do I need any special technology to take the course?
All you need is an internet-connected device (computer, smartphone, tablet), a web browser, and internet service good enough to stream basic video (i.e., basically anything faster than “dial-up” internet).

Can you send me the videos on DVD or a USB drive?
Sorry, we cannot.

Do you offer scholarships or discounted pricing?
Scholarships to take the Self-Directed Course are generally only available to people in the countries of the Global South and upon request. If you have a group of people and would like a bulk discount, see Academic and Group Use below.

Current students

Who can I contact for technical support?
Please contact us and we’ll respond to you as quickly as possible. You can also reach a Post Carbon Institute staff member during regular business hours (U.S. Pacific Time) at +1 (541) 566-8700.

How long will the course material be available to me?
The course and your account will be available for as long as we run the course (at least through the end of 2021, possibly longer). If we discontinue the course and take the site down, we will notify all students at least three months in advance.

The course wasn’t what I expected. Can I get my money back?
Sorry, we have a no-refunds policy.

Certificate of Course Completion

What is the Certificate of Course Completion?
It’s documentation issued by Post Carbon Institute that serves as proof that you completed the course; the certificate is issued with an ID unique to your account, so you always can get verification from us that you earned it should the need arise. The certificate is not currently pre-approved for academic or continuing education credit.

How do I earn the certificate?
You must score 80% or better on the final quiz. If you pass, you will receive notification and will be able to download the certificate (as a PDF file) from the website.


Who produced the Spanish subtitles?
Gracias a los voluntarios del STS Rosario en Argentina!

Who produced the French subtitles?
Traduction et Direction : Isabelle Breune. Révision linguistique : Carmel Fafard. Mise en forme des sous-titres : Birgit Vanderbeke et Isabelle Breune. Révision des sous-titres : Guillaume Zoczek, Sylvain Eymard et Kloé Boucher. Merci à cette équipe de bénévoles.

Academic and group use

May I have permission to use material from the course in my classroom?
Yes! If you’re an instructor and want to use the videos in your classroom, just have your students register for Academic Access.

Do you offer group discounts? Do you support discussion groups?
Yes and yes! Groups of three or more size can get 50% discount on the Self-Directed Course for their members, plus access to our course Discussion Guide. Learn more about group options.

Guided course

For groups of 50 or more we can arrange a more structured version of the course that features weekly hour-long webinars with course host Richard Heinberg. Learn more about group options.