General Questions

Who should take the course?
Think Resilience is intended for anyone, anywhere, who is concerned about the unsustainable path society is on, and wants to better understand why we find ourselves here and what we can do about it. Participants have included people completely new to sustainability issues and people who have been following these issues for decades. As with all Post Carbon Institute products, Think Resilience covers complex, interdisciplinary topics but is accessible to just about everyone.

What’s the difference between the Self-Directed Course and the Guided Course?
See the courses page for a comparison.

How much time does the course require?
The 22 video lessons are approximately 4 hours in total. In the Self-Directed Course you can complete the lessons at your own pace. The Guided Course runs for six weeks and features a weekly one-hour group webinar with the host of the Think Resilience videos, Richard Heinberg. For both courses, these estimates do not include time spent participating in the discussion forums or reading/viewing recommended additional materials.

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). Sorry, we are not able to send you the videos on physical media like a DVD or a flash/jump/USB drive. For the Guided Course, you can participate in the weekly webinars via 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 (U.S. Pacific Time) at +1 (541) 566-8700.

Do you offer scholarships or discounted pricing?
Scholarships are generally not available for the Self-Directed Course. A limited number of scholarships may be available for certain Guided Course offerings; please contact us to inquire. If you have a group of people who want to take the Self-Directed Course together, register on our Discussion Groups page to get a 50% group discount on registrations.

How long will the course material be available to me?
The course and your account will be available indefinitely.

Can I get my money back?
Sorry, we have a no-refunds policy. However, if you are experiencing any technical issues that prohibit you from completing the course, please contact us.

May I have permission to use material from the course in my classroom or in a discussion group?
Yes and yes! If you’re an instructor and want to use the videos in the classroom, visit our Academic Access page for details. If you have a discussion group, register on our Discussion Groups page and you’ll get access to the Think Resilience Discussion Guide plus 50% off student registration for each of your group’s members. For all other uses of material on this webiste, please consult our terms of use.

Who produced this course, and why?
Post Carbon Institute is the producer of both the Think Resilience online course and the website Why? Post Carbon Institute envisions a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world—and to get there, humanity needs innovators and early adopters 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.

What is the Certificate of Course Completion?
It’s documentation that serves as proof that you completed the course. The certificate is not pre-approved for academic or continuing education credit, but many people do list certificates on their resumes and LinkedIn pages. The certificate is issued with an ID unique to your account, so you can get verification from us that you earned it should the need arise.

What do I need to do to earn the Certificate?
Participants must view all lesson videos and provide satisfactory answers in the seven quizzes found throughout the course. To earn the Guided Course certificate, participants must additionally attend at least 5 of the 6 group webinars.

When and how will I get my Certificate?
After you complete the final quiz, we will review all your quiz responses and your account records within ten days, and will email you if you have earned your certificate. You will then be able to download (as a PDF file) or print the certificate 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.

Guided Course Questions

When will the next Guided Course be offered?
See the Course Options page.

Can I ask questions during the group webinars?
Absolutely! However, the group webinars 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. You’ll receive instructions on how to do so.

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