The Gaia U Certificate of Ecosocial Design (Cert ESD) is awarded on successful completion of the Gaia U ESD primer program. The award can be displayed on your Gaia U profile as well as on social media profiles like LinkedIn.

The course takes approximately 64 hours to complete and consists of 8 Topic courses each of which entails completion of multiple activities. A further two Scholar Skills courses and significant experience of collaboration-oriented digital literacy are included : –

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Course 1 – Creating Regenerative Livelihoods – Inner Qualities and Professional Skills

Course 2 – Creating Regenerative Livelihoods – Community and Context

Course 3 – Managing Time, Managing Promises

Supplementary Course Scholar Skills (part 1)

Course 4 – Learning and Unlearning

Supplementary Course Scholar Skills (part 2)

Course 5 – Thinking about Worldviews

Course 6 – Growing Resilient Communities

Course 7 – Project and Design Thinking

Course 8 – Tracking your Un/Learning Journey

Incidental (but by no means insignificant) Course Digital Collaboration Skills – in which the learner navigated courses rendered in Learn Dash (Word Press) including posting comments, uploading attachments and tracking progress; developed good facility in making, sharing and downloading XMind Maps; attended online webinars held using Zoom; engaged in live text streaming, direct messaging and group conversations using the Slack app on the web and on the desktop, used active thinking to support cohort colleagues in developing their thinking and participated in multiple go-arounds to share their own thinking with the cohort.


  • Complete all readings
  • Post responses to all activity questions

Badge characteristics

  • With reference to Cynefin, the coursework associated with this badge requires the student to explore a complex field.
  • With reference to the Gaia U Learning from Experience model (derived from Kolb) this composite classroom badge involves acquiring and using multiple new concepts (5 of 5 stars) that can be arranged in juxtaposition to deal with real-world complexity and calls for significant (4 of 5 stars) observational and reflective activity. There is active experimentation involved (2 of 5 stars) in experimenting with several novel processes and sufficient concrete experience required especially in acquiring Scholar Skills and Digital Collab skills to also warrant a score of 2 of 5 stars.