Here’s what Think Resilience students are saying about the course:
“Thank you! Another excellent resource in general and in particular for community work”
– Alice K.
“I’m very impressed with the organization and distillation of information into a compact format and understandable content. Heinberg’s delivery is sincere and effective.”
– Clifton W.
“Very clear and concise presentation. Thank you very much!”
– John I.
“I found the course very enlightening and enriching. And now I feel challenged to do something to share it with others. Thanks again for a project so well planned and executed!”
– Maan B.
“Thank you so much for doing this.”
– Gwen A.
“Thanks once again for a rich learning experience.”
– David O.
…and yet more (anonymous) praise from students:
“I loved the systems thinking discussion, especially the idea that the greatest opportunities are where the concepts of diffusion and leveraging crises meet. That will provide food for thought for me for years. ”
“The idea of using insights from systems theory and psychology to steer our approach towards making change. Changing our cultural stories may have the highest leverage, but it is also the greatest effort: they are part of our societies superstructure, and in many ways determined by it structure.”
“I was impressed by the fact that building resilience can start at any level. The fact that human and natural ecosystems do not exist in a vacuum means that that actions taken at one level of a system can reverberate throughout all its component parts. ”
“The most memorable thing for me is the class itself. It is so well done. The intentionality and objectiveness in delivery was very useful – seeming like it could reach anyone. Well done! ”
“It was quite eye-opening to realize the difference between economic efficiency and resilience. I see now that our US agricultural system of mono-crops (in addition to what it does to the land) makes the system brittle rather than resilient. And that an important direction to move in is re-localization for much of our daily life.”
“I’m not sure that I could digest any more information than was provided. The pacing and content meets my needs. Thank you for the great work you have done in connecting so many ‘dots’ and promoting systems thinking.”
“I knew about all the concepts introduced. What I never fully grasped was that EROI will affect the production of renewables.”
“I am very pleased with the material. I think a solid foundation in the basic principles of how important energy is in our civilization and the factors that influence it’s use and effectiveness is being laid.”
“I appreciate the non-judgmental, calm way Richard Heinberg presents the information.”
“The most memorable thing I have learned is a new understanding and awareness that these elements of human civilization are truly occurring on a global rather than regional scale and, combined with the impacts of global climate change, the threats to continued human existence on planet earth are much greater than I had previously contemplated.”
“The most memorable thing that I have become aware of (possibly learnt) is the breadth of understanding needed to tackle climate change. My community has a challenge before it, with an application for a new industry being considered by our local government. I am thinking about how the lessons in this series can help me understand what is going on and how our community might respond.”
“Finally being able to sort through so much climate/energy related terminology and hold in my mind the crus of our energy crisis: that which may be defined as embodied energy and operational energy. I have never heard of these terms before and boy does it make so much sense to me, and I can now SEE our energy production mechanisms, and SEE our energy uses that feed the production mechanisms. I can now connect logically in my mind, new energy sources to energy uses I understand across many levels and needs. Very helpful for me going forward as I take more and more active roles in my community.”
“I was pleased to get so much clarity on the difference between sustainability and resilience.”
“I really think this was a very comprehensive course. It left no stone unturned, so to speak.”
“This section made me aware of the somewhat overwhelming task of developing a community resilience assessment and action plan, without focusing on very specific doable objectives. I have been involved on local committees but realize that we lacked the knowledge to do the job successfully. This section has provided me with the awareness of what to knowledge and processes to use to access the communities needs and focus on a specific action plan. Perhaps the most important point being to include the individuals in the community by seeking out their opinions and involving them in the work. Another is to seek out allies.”
“I really appreciated the way Richard covered such sweeping topics remarkably concisely.”
“Thanks for providing such high quality material… I must commend Richard Heinberg and the producers on the quality and accessibility of the material.”
“I’ve been making a lot of noise about the wrong things. And I’m a chemical engineer. I didn’t know that I knew nothing. And apparently I’ve been surrounded by like engineers. Because all of us were making noise about a lot of stuff that never mattered and saying nothing about the stuff that did. Here is a hopefully relevant story: A bunch of somewhat experienced engineers at [a semiconductor manufacturer] gathered shortly before a high-profile meeting and light-heartedly chatted before managers and bigwigs arrived. We joked about what new magic will be asked of us at this meeting. One engineer, I remember him in this moment so vividly, said, ‘An engineer never says that something can’t be done.’ No one disagreed. I didn’t disagree. It was the truth. Then the managers started filing in, and that engineer’s comment range in my head forever after. Something about it sounded odd but I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time. It was only much later, after I had left that job and industry, that I realized what was wrong with that statement: An engineer’s first job and responsibility is to say what cannot be done because it shouldn’t be done. It’s incredible that I had to leave my job to realize this, and to ask some vital questions that ultimately led to taking this Think Resilience course.”
“I finished today! I am so excited about it, as I have enjoyed the course so much. Fortunately, I was able to devote a lot of time and really delve in this week; to study and contemplate on all the rich course material. Thank you for making this opportunity available to people like me.”
“After getting through section 1, I am already so captivated by all there is to learn.”