A PILOT FOR WHAT?

First of all, a BIG thank you!

Thank you because we absolutely need you to test the robustness of the tool before we deploy it around the world. To create this international standard, we have put together a team of engaged researchers and practitioners. To build the architecture of a session and write the questions, our experts have used academic articles, and scientific resources and went through an in-depth review process. We now need to conduct statistical analysis to confirm the validity and the robustness of the tool.  By taking the pilot, you have a chance to test yourself on an ambitious domain of sustainability knowledge, but most importantly, you are contributing to build a robust assessment tool that will be a game changer to (re)set the standard of sustainability knowledge.

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SUSTAINABILITY, WHAT  ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

Even though ancient Greek scientists such as Eratosthenes proved that the Earth was round more than 2500 years ago, it is only recently that humanity started to realize it also has boundaries. By transgressing them, we are endangering the balance that makes this planet a unique place where life, including humanity, can flourish. We need a paradigm shift toward sustainability to come back within the planet boundaries that protect Earth's life-supporting systems, and at the same time to ensure a flourishing life for humanity.

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WHO INSPIRED OUR APPROACH?

There are multiple ways of approaching sustainability. Our approach adopts the embedded conceptualization of sustainability (Kurucz et al., 2014) in line with the systemic framework of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and builds from the Planet Boundaries (Steffen, Richardson, Rockström et al., 2015) and the Doughnut Economics (Raworth, 2017).

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HOW DOES A PILOT SESSION WORK? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

All volunteers registered HERE, will receive a link to access the TASK™ platform and will be able to choose among sessions in English or in French between October 31, 2022 and November 18. The conditions of the session are the same as the “real” conditions for future candidates. You will have to answer 112 questions in total, which includes the test questions and a short demographic survey for us to conduct the robustness analysis after the pilot. We ask that you block 2 hours for the session, because once it begins, you will not be able to leave.

Of course, we ask you to put yourself in exam condition, i.e. without access to external sources, and to answer as you would answer for a session delivering a certificate. However, don't forget, the pilot does not give a certificate.

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IS A CERTIFICATE ON KNOWLEDGE ENOUGH?

No! Clearly, it is necessary that beyond knowledge, citizens have not only the skills but also the mindset, attitudes/behaviour enabling to act for sustainability. However, we are deeply convinced that sharing a common knowledge base about sustainability - a common language - not only within experts and advocates but for EVERYONE is absolutely crucial to enable transformative actions and to trigger systemic change.

TASK™ is the missing piece of the education for sustainability landscape that will act as a system change lever, making sustainability a common language for all.

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ARE THE QUESTIONS ADAPTED TO MY PROFILE, MY JOB, MY EXPERTISE?

No, not in the current version.

TASK™ is designed to assess the common knowledge that anyone should have about sustainability in order to take informed and effective decisions to build a sustainable future, regardless of the degree, specialization, job or sector. This common base of knowledge that will allow an engineer to exchange and build with a manager or a biologist tomorrow...

Once we have established the standard, we will work with our researchers and members of our community to create complementary modules and next iterations of certificates by business, by sector or by theme...

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EASY? NOT EASY?

This is one of the things we will check with the Pilot. We have defined a domain of sustainability knowledge to become the new standard. TASK™ is designed to push for curriculum revision and transformation of pedagogy in order to meet this new standard. We know that we are not there yet, so we are not expecting you to be able to answer all questions correctly. It is very likely that several questions are absolutely unknown to you, some can be too precise or outside of your current scope of knowledge… It doesn’t matter,  please answer what seems the most relevant to you, the analysis that we will conduct after the pilot will allow us to fine tune the difficulty level of each question.

Don’t forget that this assessment will be taken by a diverse audience from different backgrounds (natural sciences, engineering, business and management, social science and humanities…). The difficulty of the different topics covered will not be perceived the same way by the different audiences.

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SHOULD I PREPARE BEFORE THE PILOT?

No, the pilot will allow us to have a first snapshot of the current knowledge of a sample of people. Without preparing for the assessment, the data collected with your answers will be representative of reality.

On the other hand, next year you will have access to a knowledge hub that will not only allow you to prepare for TASK™, but also and even more important to equip you for your actions. This knowledge hub should act as a resource for educators to accelerate curriculum revision and transformation of pedagogy toward sustainability.

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WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN AFTER THE PILOT?

On our side, our researchers and data scientists will analyze your answers to understand what we need to change or improve.

On your side, your job is done. In the next few weeks, you will receive a feedback and a voucher that will allow you to take the “real” TASK™ and to obtain your certificate next spring. You will be among the first to put your certificate on your CV or linkedIn profile.

Of course we count on you to spread the word and to push your university to commit to measuring its impact on the sustainability knowledge of their students by using  TASK™.

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