Short courses

Executive Development

Postgraduate students and professionals working in government, corporate or civil society sectors can register for a number of short courses focused on topics such as sustainable development, systems thinking, food security and sustainable agriculture, governance and leadership.

The courses are designed to challenge conventional thinking and open minds to new ways of doing and approaching the known, while incorporating the entire space at the Institute as part of the learning experience. The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes.

The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes. Please find more information below on the short courses presented at the Institute.

Facilitation for Sustainability Transitions

Exploring the possibilities inherent in having, and facilitating, conversations that matter to us, we will look at facilitation as the conscious use of process, substance, and space. From a process perspective, we will look at some theories of dialogue and facilitation, some ways of thinking about group process and different kinds of dialogue.

During this course, we will explore the possibilities inherent in having, and facilitating, conversations that matter to us. We will look at facilitation as the conscious use of process, substance, and space. From a process perspective, we will look at some theories of dialogue and facilitation, some ways of thinking about group process and different kinds of dialogue. Participants will have opportunities to engage in facilitated group conversation, and to experience themselves more consciously in this process. The substance of the conversations will be evoked, in part, by living case studies that speak of some of the complex socio-ecological realities we live in. Participants will also bring to the course the issues that they are grappling with and about which they want to initiate conversation in their own contexts. Lastly, we will look at the question of space; choices about the physical places in which to host dialogue and how those relate to nature and the outdoors, spatial arrangements in those spaces, as well as more metaphorical aspects of internal spaciousness in the facilitation role and the idea of boundaries. How can we support a group to find both its yes and its no, in ways that will generate more clarity and potentially galvanize action? How can we as facilitators find both our yes and our no and use these skilfully in the groups we work with?

Target Group

This course is suited to anyone who works with groups of people - in organisations, communities, classrooms or research teams - and who want to sharpen their skills, particularly when these groups are navigating change, power asymmetries and conflict.