The Eight Modules

1: Framing the Journey: Capitalism, Planetary Limits and the Making of New Commons

2: Stewarding Land and Resources for the Common Good

3: Towards Ecologically Resilient and Just Food Systems

4: Precarious Livelihoods: Pathways from Precarity to Solidarity

5: Democratizing Social Care: From Welfare State to Partner State

6: Forging Pathways to Energy Democracy and Just Transition

7: Democratizing Money and Finance for the Great Transition

8: Constructing your Synthesis: Purpose, Priorities, and Pathways

Modules 1, 2, and 3 introduce opportunities to use the Just Transition Framework and the Multi-Level Perspective, lenses that better equip us to focus our transition and systems change efforts.

Module 1: Framing the Journey: Capitalism, Planetary Limits and the Making of New Commons

The ideology of endless growth, consumption, and ‘free’ markets are driving climate, environmental, social, and economic breakdown. Yet at the same time changemakers are forging new pathways for change and expanding the reach of solutions. Module 1 frames the learning journey ahead.

Module 2: Stewarding Land and Resources for the Common Good

Land, Land, water, and air – how are these commons being reclaimed for the common good? Alternative ways of owning and governing land are central to innovations – large and small – for achieving affordable shelter, clean water, transition to organic agriculture and the restoration of desecrated areas. As a result, both poverty and emissions have been radically reduced.

Module 3: Towards Ecologically Resilient and Just Food Systems

This module explores models, strategies, and popular movements that resist corporate, chemical, and commodity-based agriculture while cultivating regenerative and resilient food systems. 

Modules 4, 5, and 6 build on these frameworks and introduce other issues key to systems change, including two additional analytical tools and eco-system thinking.

Module 4: Precarious Livelihoods: Pathways from Precarity to Solidarity

Job precarity is being challenged by solidarity-based solutions that range from democratic ownership to such major policy initiatives as Universal Basic Income. This module introduces systemic approaches to meeting the challenge of job precarity in the age of comprehensive automation and AI.

Module 5: Democratizing Social Care: From Welfare State to Partner State

Can rule-based, top-down, bureaucratic systems of social care be transformed? This module demonstrates that local, multi-stakeholder, democratic social care models can radically improve the quality of care while reducing the costs.

Module 6: Forging Pathways to Energy Democracy and Just Transition

Is it possible to wrest control from the energy giants? Can we, through conservation, radically reduce energy use where we live? This module says, “yes” – but it won’t happen without organizing and advocating for policies that make it possible.

Module 7: Democratizing Money and Finance for the Great Transition

It’s time to demystify the world of money creation – to recognize how debt-free money was created in the past to address enormous challenges, and why it is crucial to do so again. This module also introduces a series of practical financing alternatives and their positive social and economic impacts.

Module 8: Constructing your Synthesis: Purpose, Priorities, and Pathways

This is an opportunity for you and other MOOC participants to review what you have learned and to synthesize the implications for your own priorities and their contribution to transition work in these perilous times.