Course DescriptionCompanies are changing their product life-cycle and making adjustments to their supply chain due to a changing market, environmental issues and government regulations. This sustainable management course explores, realistically and in detail, the world's enormous potential for human and ecological regeneration. It also explains why this potential has been suppressed or distorted by industrial institutions, thus creating economic crisis, growing inequality and environmental destruction.
Lesson 1: Industrialism and Quantitative Development
In this lesson, you will learn that industrialism and capitalism are intrinsically systems of quantitative growth, and that our survival depends on a fundamental transformation of the means and ends of economic life to prioritize social and environmental need.
Lesson 2: New Productive Forces and Emerging Human Potentials
In this lesson, you will learn about the demoralizing decadence of "casino capitalism" and possibilities for unprecedented levels of human development and harmony with nature. These are possibilities for qualitative development, potentials that have been building throughout the twentieth century but that have been diverted, distorted or suppressed by waste and financialization.
Lesson 3: The New Ecology of Politics
In this lesson, you will learn politics is not simply about the balance of social power between groups, but about how we move collectively into the future - the rules, goals, and activities that set the tone for our entire society.
Lesson 4: The Ecological Space of Flows: The Built-Environment
In this lesson, you will learn strategic elements of reinhabiting and redesigning our cities.
Lesson 5: Transformative Energy: The Soft-Energy Path
In this lesson, you will learn energy is important in understanding any system, but it has particular relevance for a postindustrial transformation because of the central role energy has played in the industrial economy.
Lesson 6: Living in De-Material World
In this lesson, you will learn that in a green economy, manufacturing, resource extraction, and waste management must be considered together. In nature, there is virtually no waste; every output is an input for some other process. Waste equals food. This is completely different than the industrial economy, which is marked by linear resource flows, from extraction to disposal. Our current economic cycles, limited largely to dollars, do not correspond to nature's biocycles and materials cycles. For this reason, goods production would look quite different in a green economy.
Lesson 7: The State and Beyond: Postindustrial Forms of Regulation
In this lesson, you will learn a great source of the power of industrial society has been the fundamental antagonism it has structured between the individual and the social, manifest in both the "divided economy" (of paid and unpaid labor) and the separation between politics and economics.
Participants will have 12 months to complete this online self-paced course.
All necessary materials are included.
Internet Connectivity Requirements:
- Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
- Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
- 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
- 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
- Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
- A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
- Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
- Mac OSX 10 or higher.
- OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
- Google Chrome is recommended.
- Firefox 13.x or greater.
- Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
- Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
- Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
- Oracle Java 7 or greater.
- Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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