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Are you looking to consciously reinvent cooperative and harmonious ways of living and working together?

If so, how do we design for group development, leadership, conflict resolution, decision-making, creativity, social justice, and communication?

Join Gaia Education’s Social Design for Sustainability course and learn practical effective ways to create the change we all seek. Our distinct programme is your chance to learn about the different ways to participate in this (r)evolutionary shift in paradigms.

Our aim is to give you a better understanding of the true meaning of social equity and participatory action, and to enable participants to apply transformative tools that align us with more resilient social systems. Our relationship to others is too dear to let it default on old domineering paradigms.

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Many of us feel that our current social system is no longer sustainable, and that more compassionate and just ways of organising are possible, but what are the alternatives? It is a commonly held belief that there are things individuals can do to change the system or improve their social condition. But within the context of a complex global community, the effectiveness of isolated individual action is limited. Yet we all co-create the system we live in, and once we join with others and work for a shared vision to improve the situation in our communities we participate in a powerful force for positive change.

If you have been part of a group, you already know that one of the most common reasons for failure of group projects is conflict. Conflict is a structural issue in the formation of groups. So propagating successful group projects will necessarily entail a healing process in which we step out of the cycles of pain and violence that have run through human history and take responsibility for initiating new patterns.

Rediscovering the beauty, compassionate nature, and innate power of human beings is part of our journey through the social Dimension of design for sustainability.

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In the Social Dimension we will address the following questions:

  • What will be the vision that will help our projects be coherent and inspiring?
  • How will decisions be made and conflicts resolved?
  • How will we walk that delicate line between being an individual and growing our personal empowerment, while being part of a collective body?
  • Will we be able to celebrate our diversity in a just and inclusive manner, or will we find our differences too challenging?
  • What will we do to reconnect with the creative source in the Web of Life and bring a sense of beauty to everything we do?
  • Finally, will our group, organisation, or community reach out to the local and bioregional communities, building bridges, learning and teaching, giving and receiving?

Designing for Sustainability implies a holistic design processes that pays attention to the 'people' side of things, alongside the work on economics, ecology, and our worldviews. On the threshold between vision and reality, an integrative design can set the course for a healthy and sustainable reality.

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  • A downloadable course book with latest research and additional resources (also available as an online e-book)
  • A student handbook with all important information concenring the course
  • A Student Guide: description of each dimensions' learning outcomes, objectives and timeline, plus a set of activities for each module of the learning journey
  • A downloadable copy of the Social Key Book: Beyond You and Me, published by Gaia Education and aslo available in hard copy form our publications partner, Permanent Publications
  • Access to the virtual campus, where you join our classrooms, forums, design teams, direct communication with tutors, sample materials, all learning materials and activities for certificate, and social media related to the course
  • Orientation to the virtual campus, e-learning tools and the Moodle platform
  • Full technical and academic support to go through the virtual course and achieve all the learning outcomes
  • A Certificate of course completion from Gaia Education
  • Earn credits to continue onto our flagship certificated programme in Sustainability & Design
  • The ability and practical skills to take active steps in the strategic area of Design for Sustainability
  • Paving the way of joining the Gaia Education Learning Journey



The cost of this unique and exciting course is £297 GBP. It may be the best investment you ever make for yourself. The whole duration of the Social Dimension is 8 weeks, encompassing approximately 80 hours of study time.

Upon completion you will be equipped with the understanding and skills to become a confident change maker in social issues of sustainability. It will also qualify you to go on to study in our full certificated programme in Design for Sustainability and join a Design Studio after completing the four dimensions of the course.


The Social Dimension is part of our 10-month online ‘Design for Sustainability programme’. The e-learning programme consists of four dimensions: Social, Ecological, Economic and Worldview, each contained within an 8-week period. You have the option of taking all four dimensions in sequence, followed by the Design Studio, to obtain a certification within ten months; or you may choose to follow one or two dimensions this year, and complete the course in your own time over the next two years.

Join our programme 'Design for Sustainability'. Receive a certificate in Design for Sustainability, and become a practitioner of regenerative development. Learn more about the 10-month programme here.

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