The 10-month course is divided into three main phases:
Phase 1: Introduction to the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD)
This phase occurs during the first seven (7) weeks of the course, leading up to the first workshop. During Phase 1 the participant:
- Completes the Sustainability Step by Natural Step e-learning module that introduces the main concepts of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, referred to by others as the Natural Step Framework.
- Reads articles and watches videos that explore the FSSD in more depth and explain the sustainability challenges facing the ICT industry.
- Participates in online discussion forums and bi-weekly online seminars that deepen their understanding of the concepts in the FSSD and the challenges facing the ICT industry by allowing the participant to reflect on the concepts and pose questions to experts.
Phase 1 culminates and Phase 2 starts with a two-day workshop, which aims at deepening the participants' understanding of the main concepts, and to practice the application of the Framework. At this point the first project will be introduced.
Phase 2: Applying the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD)
Phase 2 occurs during the next 10 weeks. Course participants will work on a project that uses the FSSD to perform a high-level analysis within their organization. This analysis consists of a review of the organizations vision from a sustainability perspective, an analysis of current reality against this vision, a list of initiatives that can help close the gap between current reality and the vision, and a preliminary prioritization of the initiatives to identify possible early investments. The purpose of this project is to deepen the participant's understanding of the framework and to identify possible initiatives that will form the main focus of the second project in Phase 3. During the project in Phase 2, participants will be supported by monthly online seminars with experts who can provide guidance and answer questions, in addition students have access to an online discussion forum where they can post questions and ideas.
In addition to the project, the participant will also be preparing for the second workshop by reading materials related to organizational learning and change, and planning in complex systems. As in the first phase, the participant will deepen their understanding of these concepts through participation in an online forum and online seminars.
Phase 2 culminates in a two-day workshop where the participant shares the results of their project work, including reflections of the process of performing the analysis itself. During the workshop, the entire class will explore collaborative initiatives that will form the basis for the project work in Phase 3.
Phase 3: Collaborative Project Work
Phase 3 occurs during the final ten (10) weeks of the course. During Phase 3, the main focus will be a collaborative project between two or more organizations to address the sustainability challenge facing the ICT industry. As in the project in Phase 2, the participants will be supported by periodic online seminars with an advisor.
After the workshop, there will be online check-ins with advisors one month, three months, and six months after the course to discuss the participant's ongoing sustainability work.