We've heard about the importance of sustainable development, but most of us still aren't sure what that really means for our businesses, jobs and lives. Given the complexity of sustainability challenges and the myriad of stakeholders involved, it's hard to know what solutions are really out there, and which ones will work for us.
Columbia University's free online course offers the basics on sustainable development, helping us build the base knowledge necessary for identifying workable solutions. The course, The Age of Sustainable Development from Jeffrey Sachs, lasts 14 weeks, each of which tackles a different sustainability issue.
While the course focuses more on sustainable development challenges than solutions, it covers a wide range of material that may be unfamiliar to many of us, including managers.
Only by understanding the challenges and stakeholders when it comes to sustainable development can we build workable solutions within our organizations.