Module 5: Introduction

This module is a turning point in the course, where we begin to put the core concepts outlined in the previous modules into application. At the same time, Modules five, six and seven continue to offer perspectives and frameworks that are mutually supportive. Insights from change management and change leadership, as well as methods for mainstreaming climate adaptation into organizations, which are covered in this module, have application for interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement.

This module focuses on questions of how to advance or integrate climate preparedness and adaptation planning in organizations. There are myriad frameworks for mapping, assessing, and planning the processes that lead to a state in which climate adaptation practices are embedded within an organization. Some offer a linear and predictive approach, while others take a more holistic and iterative view of change. None of them are perfect representations of reality, and all of them offer some ways of understanding what is an inherently complex and non-linear process.

This module provides an overview of some of these approaches, with some commentary on key principles to consider, regardless of method or framework. The intention in providing several frameworks is to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on which one(s) or which elements are most relevant for your work and to use them to advance your efforts.

A commonly held view is that change needs to take place in multiple parts of the system. These parts are often described in terms of policies, planning documents, mandates or requirements, mindsets and people engagement.


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