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Think Global, Act Local: Finding Solutions for Sustainability Challenges

Sustainability is intricately linked to the overall well-being of people and the planet. But what does it mean to be sustainable? This course will help you build a foundational understanding of sustainability on a macro level. You will explore its social, economic, and environmental dimensions using the framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This knowledge will then support you on a micro level in defining one specific sustainability challenge in your sphere of influence and developing an impactful solution towards sustainability in your organization or personal live. We will engage peer-support from the group and use Design Thinking as a process for working on your challenge. By the end of the course, you will be able to apply your new sustainability mindset and skills to other projects in your life or career.

For more information and course prerequisites, please see our syllabus (PDF) and watch the course video.

Course Dates


February 5 – March 18, 2024

Live Sessions:

Monday, February 5, 2024, 5.00 – 6.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CET)

Monday, February 26, 2024, 5.00 – 6.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CET)

Monday, March 18, 2024, 5.00 – 6.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CET)

Registration Deadline:

January 8, 2024 (Register Now!)


May 13 – June 24, 2024

Live Sessions:

Monday, May 13, 2024, 2.00 – 3.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)

Monday, June 3, 2024, 2.00 – 3.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)

Monday, June 24, 2024, 2.00 – 3.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)

Registration Deadline:

April 15, 2024 (Register Now!)


650 € Course Fee

75 € Registration Fee

Receive a discount of 75 € on your registration for a second course! Find out more under Fees & Registration.

What you will gain from this course:

  • A good understanding of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Knowledge about sustainable decision-making and skills to act sustainably in your daily life as well as your profession
  • Introduction to Design Thinking as a tool for working on your own sustainability challenge
  • A continuing education certificate from Freie Universität Berlin

This is the perfect course for you if you are…

  • eager to know more about sustainability and sustainable development
  • looking for insights into multi-stakeholder approaches to solve sustainability challenges
  • working in or aspiring to work in corporate social responsibility
  • striving to chart out the sustainability agenda of your own organization or to find solutions for any other projects towards sustainability in your professional and/or private life

What you should bring to the course:

  • English language abilities in speaking and writing on the Upper Intermediate level (at least B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • The willingness and ability to participate and actively contribute to the three live sessions of this course
  • An openness to explore and reflect on possibilities for change and sustainable development in your professional and/or private life
  • A stable internet connection and a quiet work environment

To find out if your English skills are sufficient to follow the course, feel free to watch the following course teaser video.

Please also familiarize yourself with our further technical and general requirements and our Program Regulations and Code of Conduct (PDF).

Your Instructor:

Ursel Biester                           

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Any Questions? Send an email to info@continued.fu-berlin.de