In celebration of the Word Soil Day on 5 December, the ENABLE consortium announced the creation of a new massive open online course (MOOC) on Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Landscape Restoration, which is now open for registration. The MOOC is co-created by UNU-LRT and other partners in the ENABLE consortium and will be launched on 14 February 2019.
Over the past months, researchers, professors, practitioners and project members of ENABLE’s strategic partnership have developed the course. This new MOOC sets the focus on the potential for a positive role of business model innovation for landscape restoration. The MOOC moves the participants from ideas towards the successful implementation of a new business model for sustainable landscape restoration with return of natural, social and financial capital that supports people’s livelihoods and wellbeing.
This eight-week course aims to equip learners from environmental, business or other backgrounds, with practical business tools to restore landscapes. In the MOOC, participants will learn about the phases of business model innovation and how to apply them to landscape restoration. Every step of the process is illustrated by zooming in on three landscape situations: a large-scale woodland restoration in Iceland, crop diversification in southern Spain, and the challenges of recovering from forest fires in Portugal. Participants are encouraged to go through the business model innovation process in groups of their choice, based on a common interest.
On 14 February 2019, learners can start working on solutions for landscape degradation – one of the major challenges of our time. For more information, see the ENABLE website, and register for the course here.