General Questions

Why did you create the Think Resilience course?
Honestly, because we need you! To fulfill Post Carbon Institute’s vision of a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world, we need innovators and early adopters like yourselves who understand the true nature of the issues we face, can think strategically and systemically about how to respond, and are motivated to build resilience in their own lives and communities.

Who should take the course?
Think Resilience is intended for anyone and everyone who is concerned about the unsustainable path we as a society are on and is looking to understand why we find ourselves here, and what we can do about it. The course is meant to serve as an introduction to what Post Carbon Institute calls the E4 crises (ecology, economy, energy, and equity) and the theory and practice of community resilience building.

What will the Think Resilience program help me do?
We hope that it will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues we face, introduce you to systems thinking and resilience science, and give you concrete ideas and strategies for how to engage in building the resilience of your own community.

What’s the difference between the guided course and the self-directed course?
Please check out the course options page to see a comparison.

How long will the course be available?
The self-directed course is available indefinitely. The guided course is currently in beta and available to the first 50 registrants. We plan to offer the course again in a few months.

How much time does the course take?
The 22 video lessons are approximately 4 hours in total. We anticipate the guided course will require roughly 12 hours, over the period of six weeks. These estimates do not include time spent participating in the discussion forums or reading/viewing recommended additional materials.

Do I need special technology?
To view the video lectures, you’ll need a good Internet connection and a device to watch them on. To participate in the weekly calls, you can connect either through your web browser or by phone.

Who can I contact for technical support?
Please contact us using the contact form and we’ll respond to you as quickly as possible. You can also reach a Post Carbon Institute staff member during regular business hours (UTC -8h/Pacific Time) at +1 (707) 823-8700.

Do you offer any scholarships or discounted pricing?
We are not offering scholarships at this time. However, we are offering a discounted price for the initial offering of the guided course. For those who cannot afford the cost of the self-directed course, all of the course videos will be released for free gradually over the coming year.

Can I get my money back?
We’re sorry but we have a no refund policy. However, if you are experiencing any technical issues that prohibit you from completing the course, please contact us.

Guided Course Questions

I wasn’t able to register in time. Will you be offering it again and how I can subscribe?
Yes, we plan to offer the guided course again in late Summer/early Fall 2017. If you’re interested in being notified, let us know.

Can I ask questions during the calls?
Absolutely! However, the group calls will be moderated in order to make the most of our time together, so it’s best to submit any questions you have in advance through the discussion forum associated with each session.

Will calls be recorded?
Yes, calls will be recorded and a link posted to the corresponding discussion forum within 24 hours.

What is the certificate?
It’s documentation that serves as proof that you completed the guided course. The certificate cannot be used for academic credit or continuing education credit but many people do list certificates on their resumes and LinkedIn pages.

What do I need to do to earn the certificate?
Participants must view all lesson videos, complete the very brief quiz associated with each, and participate in at least 5 of the 6 group calls.

When will I get my certificate?
You will be able to download or print the certificate (as a PDF file) after completion of all of the guided course lessons and completion of the final quiz.