A global problem requires a global solution
The role of higher education
Nonetheless, limitations stand. Generally speaking, higher education does not go beyond the scope of young adults and sustainability teaching is not embedded across all curricula. Access to universities can be deemed as ‘exclusive’ and can further ingrain higher education as an elitist institution due to high costs, insufficient grant schemes, geographical location and a prerequisite for a certain level of knowledge. Finally, although university reform could make a great difference in upskilling individuals entering and working in the workforce, the cost and prerequisites mean it cannot solve the problem alone.
The role of the public sector
The role of the private sector
The role of online learning platforms
An often cited roadblock with established institutions is the time length of academic curricula, usually taking a number of months or semesters. The duration of online courses is usually a couple of hours, with bite-sized content you can take at your own pace or live, interactive sessions delivered by an expert. This makes the adoption of impact skills a viable reality for workers, no matter their lifestyle.
Moreover, online learning has developed a culture of collective effort and sharing of knowledge. It moves away from the traditional structure of a teacher-student learning environment; online courses bring together the collaboration of experts, the sharing of international minds and ideas and a global network of like-minded people. This gives practitioners, who are active in the field, the chance to spread their practice-based knowledge (as well as academics).
Nonetheless online learning is not without limitations. Firstly, content is conveyed in a broader context meaning specialised adaptation of the knowledge is necessary for local-level implementation. And of course, online learning is less experiential than live teaching, consequently, practical examples and case studies need to be included in the course programme in order to bring a pragmatic element.
The solution = a collaborative effort
Our latest blog series will explore the critical skills to develop for a career in impact investing, impact measurement and impact management, so that you can ensure you have a positive environmental and social impact. Stay tuned for the next article!