Take free online courses at your own pace and earn personalized certificates in Leadership, Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, Public Management and current issues, such as climate change. Each lesson offers video, audio and text transcript options.
Select lessons are available in French on individual lesson pages under the “En Francais” tab.
Renewable energy is any energy source that is naturally replenished — those derived from the sun, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. Developing the best practices and technologies to transition countries to renewable energy from fossil fuels is one of the most exciting challenges of our time. Renewable energy creates new opportunities and jobs for many different sectors. This course will take a look at how existing power systems work and can be adapted to a renewable energy future, and talks about what you can do to make an impact.
|Course: Understanding Renewable Energy||3 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, whatever their nationality, gender, ethnic origin, sexuality, color, physical ability, religion or language or social or economic status. No practice or tradition is greater than the human rights that belong to all of us. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. This course provides details on the evolution of laws and protections and how to work on behalf of human rights.
|Course: Understanding Human Rights||3 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
This three-lesson course addresses the marginalization and unique challenges facing women and girls – from gender discrimination and inequality in education to a lack of opportunity in business to assaults on their safety and dignity from gender-based violence. The course offers practical steps for individuals in business, government, and civil society to take to alleviate these challenges and empower female populations politically, socially, and economically.
|Course: Understanding the Rights of Women and Girls||3 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
This three-part course seeks to educate and inform on the role of citizens in the electoral process, and provide guidance on how to exercise civic responsibility and hold candidates and officials accountable – before, during, and after elections. Individual lessons in this course will cover general information on the voting process, grassroots organizing for campaigns, and practical skill development for capacity building and advocacy.
|Course: Understanding Elections and Civic Responsibility||3 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
Temperatures are rising, weather is becoming more extreme and less predictable, and drought is an increasing danger for communities from California to the Sahel. For many around the globe, dire predictions and warnings have been how citizens have learned about the dangers of climate change. In this course, the focus is on the science of how climate change occurs, the impact on the environment and human development, and practical and innovative solutions to address the causes of climate change while meeting the needs of the world.
|Course: Understanding Climate Change||3 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
This course examines key aspects in developing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) including the importance of partnerships with the private sector and government, how to determine if a social enterprise identifies and meets the needs of the community, and how to effectively advocate for youth.
|Course: Creating and Maintaining Social Enterprises||4 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
Grassroots campaigns and volunteers are essential to the success of most nongovernmental organizations involved in community development. Learn how to inspire and engage volunteers to be proactive in their communities and organize grassroots campaigns.
|Course: Community Organizing for Action||4 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
This course outlines the essential skills required in leading individuals and organizations, whether it’s solving problems, creating the optimal team, or maneuvering through difficult situations in management.
|Course: Management Strategies for People and Resources||3 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
This course explains critical aspects of entrepreneurship, from the process of developing a business, to how to identify and expand in the marketplace, and how to pitch to new investors.
|Course: Fundamentals of Starting and Running a Business||4 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
Public-private partnerships are often the most effective and efficient means to resolving major societal challenges that are too big for one group or entity alone. Learn how to initiate, implement, and evaluate a public-private partnership.
|Course: Basics of Public-Private Partnerships
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This five-lesson course examines the key principles of fundraising for non-profit and for-profit endeavors. It provides instruction on how to create and implement strategic fundraising plans, how to design and execute marketing and communication strategies needed for fundraising, and the difference between fundraising for non-profit and for-profit organizations.
|Course: Fundraising Concepts||5 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
This four-lesson course explains Design Driven Entrepreneurship, a planning process that involves identifying, creating, testing, and implementing marketable solutions for challenges facing people and communities. This course covers the origins of human-centered design theory, the process and tools needed to design and maintain a human-centered business, and best practices for developing and testing products.
|Course: Design Driven Entrepreneurship||4 Lessons||Go to Intro >|
Servant Leadership, a philosophy and set of practices meant to create a more just and caring world, has changed the way many people view their roles in professional organizations and government leadership. This course will go over the origins and principles of servant leadership, a comparative review of other key leadership styles, the benefits and criticisms of servant leadership, and how to become a servant leader.
|Course: Servant Leadership||5 Lessons||Go to Intro >|