Navigating Power for Collective Action

How many times have you seen great ideas for better climate policy fail because people or politics got in the way? Effective climate action requires the ability to identify and leverage power in strategic ways, but our own implicit biases can get in our way. How we unconsciously accept the way the playing field is tilted and cede ground to other people also reinforces power structures.

It doesn't have to be this way. This course will give you the building blocks for a greater understanding of power -- your own and others -- and the tools you need to effectively navigate power in the workplace and the community for meaningful climate action.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
 6 weeks
Tuition: $699
Can be applied to:
Climate Action Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateWed, Nov 6, 2024
  • Wed, Nov 6 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Nov 13 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Nov 20 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Nov 27 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Dec 4 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Dec 11 (self-paced all week)
InstructorLyndsay Poaps,
Andrea Reimer
Seats Available28

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Recognize the influence of different types of power, and how it can be used how it can be used to catalyze inclusive conversations
  • Develop a positive relationship with personal power and apply it to your climate action practice
  • Describe and adjust for your own implicit biases and those of others
  • Construct a plan to actively de-bias at a personal and a systemic level
  • Observe, map, and develop strategies to influence different kinds of power 

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend about 8 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading, videos, online discussions and skill-building activities
  • Optional: Meet online with the class and instructor or guest speaker as scheduled by the instructor (recording available)

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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