Strategic Dialogue and Engagement for Climate Adaptation
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Short Course Description
Professionals working across public, private and community sectors are facing complex questions about how to prepare for and adapt to the unavoidable impacts of a changing climate. In the context of a growing climate emergency, how do we engage internal and external stakeholders, build lasting collaborative partnerships, and embed climate adaptation strategies into organizational priorities, when professional silos, scarce resources and competing demands can pose potent obstacles to the change that is urgently needed?
This course will provide you with skills to overcome barriers to action, mobilize knowledge and data effectively, and work across silos in genuine interdisciplinary and collaborative practice. You’ll learn how to lead or participate in community engagement, without triggering fear and overwhelming others; practise critical self-awareness and self-reflection; and consider equity-based and decolonizing approaches.
This course is designed for professionals looking to advance the intersecting work of climate action and adaptation, including planners, engineers, elected officials and community leaders. You will leave with practical and relevant skills to lead, accelerate and participate in the essential work of climate adaptation in your organization and community.
By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:
• Describe the dynamics of collaborative, team-based planning processes
• Apply key concepts in climate communications and knowledge mobilization
• Engage in meaningful dialogue with internal and external stakeholders
• Develop adaptive and responsive strategies for working in complex systems
• Analyze and overcome internal and external barriers to climate adaptation
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Course Design Statements
- ✓ Online
- ✓ Included indigenous perspectives
The founder of an independent consulting practice, Olive Dempsey is an experienced facilitator, process designer, engagement strategist and coach. With skills that bridge coaching, leadership development and strategic systems change, Olive specializes in supporting clients through complexity at multiple scales, from the personal to the institutional and beyond. Her diverse roster of clients has included the City of Vancouver, UBC, BCIT, Sierra Club BC and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Olive developed her consulting practice after more than 15 years in the non-profit and advocacy sectors, where she led organizational change initiatives, strategic campaign planning, community engagement processes and environmental leadership programs. In addition to an MA in environmental education and communication, Olive holds professional certifications in Co-Active Coaching, Authentic Leadership and Human Systems Dynamics. She regularly facilitates workshops and speaks on questions of psychological resilience and wellbeing in times of climate and environmental crisis.