Geodesign: Change Your World

What happens when creativity and science come together? The power to design our world is unleashed, providing tools to inform choices about how we live! Geodesign is the glue—it’s a process that deploys creativity to connect information to people, using collaboration to better inform how we design our world.

About The Course

Our world is awash in facts and information, which are now easily accessible.  So why are so many bad decisions being made?  What is needed is creativity and design that brings those facts to life – to create a vision and choices as well as an understanding about the potential impacts of those choices.  The geodesign process has evolved over nearly 40 years and now combines the core concepts of design thinking with the latest in geo-spatial technologies.

Geodesign is a proven form of design that uses techniques and practices from a multitude of professions to determine optimal ways to design for complex land use challenges. It is a collaborative process that capitalizes on the strengths of people with a variety of expertise to create and implement unique models to aid in the design decision-making process.

Our MOOC will introduce the average person to the core concepts of geodesign through real-world examples which showcase how geodesign has worked across the globe.  People from all walks of life with interests in science, design, sustainability and environmental stewardship will want to learn about geodesign.  Together we will explore how anyone can use the geodesign process to work with others to effect change in their world.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

  • What resources will I need for this class?
    For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, copies of the texts (most of which can be obtained for free), and the time to read, write, discuss, and enjoy some marvelous geodesign literature.

  • What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?
    You realize the opportunities are all around you to do geodesign.

  • What future learning opportunities will this class prepare me for?
    Students who successfully complete this class will be prepared to continue their education in more advanced post-graduate geodesign classes. 

  • How can I learn more about Geodesign right now?
    Read this article by MOOC Instructor Kelleann Foster here.  Check out this page for news and blog postings.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome.  We only ask that students have an interest in how to change our world for the better.  If you are looking for more in-depth geodesign programs, please consider the online courses that we offer at Penn State.