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Collaborative Leadership for Climate Action

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Course Overview

Offered in partnership with Royal Roads University, this course focuses on the significance of collaboration in addressing climate change issues.

Envisioning a sustainable future means considering who benefits and who is excluded from the transition. Outdated leadership models often prioritize the perspectives of the privileged few, whereas collaborative leadership prioritizes engaging with those most impacted by climate change.

Learning Outcomes

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Curriculum & Structure


Creating the Conditions for Collaborative Leadership

  • Power and privilege in leadership.
  • Apply the concept of communityship.
  • Self-reflection as a leader.


Nature as a Model, Mentor, and Collaborator

  • Biomimicry insights for partnerships.
  • Nature’s mentorship & leadership insights.
  • Infuse leadership with living systems.


Leading with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • DEI’s role in climate action.
  • Identify inclusive approaches and strategies.
  • Raise critical questions for a just transition.


Collaboration Beyond Consultation

  • Approaches for engaging stakeholders.
  • Practices for decolonizing leadership.
  • Dismantle dominant systems of oppression.
This course is 25 learning hours of combined synchronous and asynchronous course materials.
Synchronous Learning

Weekly Live Discussions

There are 4 live Zoom meetings for participants to discuss the weekly pre-recorded lessons and readings.


May 29, 2024
June 5, 2024
June 12, 2024
June 19, 2024


9 – 10:30 am PT
10 - 11:30 am MT
12 – 1:30 pm ET
1 – 2:30 pm AT

Asynchronous Learning

Learning on Your Own Time

Asynchronous activities happen weekly and are meant to be completed on your own time. Activities include:

Watching recorded lessons

Reading curated resources

Engaging in discussion forums

Completing assignments

Assignments & Assessments

The assessment of Collaborative Leadership for Climate Action is a pass/fail. Assessment comprises of:


Participation Marks: Participation in weekly discussion forums, exercises, and live Zoom sessions.


Final Assignment: Participants will submit either a paper, presentation, blog or video on a topic related to the course.