Module 1: Strategic Dialogue and Engagement for Climate Adaptation

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for this module are:

  • Recognize the role of strategic dialogue in adaptation planning and engagement processes;
  • Identify personal goals for leadership development and skills building;
  • Build familiarity with core concepts and identify their relevance to course objectives and application in the field; and
  • Build self-reflective capacity around questions of power, privilege and worldview, as they relate to dialogue and engagement.


Readings & Resources


The Dawn of System Leadership 

The Heart of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from Across the Globe, Planning Theory & Practice, Leonie Sandercock (2020) 

“Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis” 

Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Adaptation (p. 8)
Talking it through: Guide for local government staff on climate adaptation
(pp. 13 -19) 

Personal Privilege Profile — Interaction Institute for Social Change 

“Letting go of hierarchy” and Intersectional Analysis and “Seeing ourselves whole” – Adrienne Maree Brown (31:05 – 33:25)

Low Carbon Resilience: Best Practices for Professionals (pp. 1-10) 


Equity and Empowerment Lens Logic Model and 

States of Change Competency Framework 

Talking it Through Webinar 

A Framework for Urban Climate Resilience 

Joint Statement from Canada’s National Professional Associations: Advancing Integrated Climate Action 

How Indigenous Knowledge Could Help Fight Climate Change



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