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BUS 42 — The Post-Carbon Economy: Career Transitions and Opportunities

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Feb 1—Mar 21
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 3
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $610
Instructor(s): John Kelley
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Feb 1—Mar 21
8 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 3
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
John Kelley
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Modern society is moving away from its reliance on cheap and dirty fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources. Overhauling these carbon-polluting systems requires a torrent of new investments, creating unprecedented economic and employment opportunities. According to the World Economic Forum, the transition to clean energy is expected to generate 10.3 million net new jobs globally by 2030 across various sectors, including electrical efficiency, power generation, and the automotive industry.

Whether you’re thinking of starting a new career or transitioning from your current one, this course will help you to understand the economics of climate change, identify alternative frameworks for progress, and assess how this new industrial revolution may benefit you. Guest speakers and class exercises will help you determine where your particular talents may fit into the new global economy so you can create a career action plan with strategies for renewing and invigorating your professional life. By equipping yourself with the tools to thrive in this evolving landscape, you can seize the opportunity to shape a brighter, transformative future for people throughout the world and for yourself.

Co-Founder & COO, OnRisk

John Kelley co-founded OnRisk, which provides software services to the commercial insurance industry. Earlier, he founded 399 Innovation, which advises firms on invention and innovation strategy. Kelley received a JD from Stanford, where he pursued an independent research track in artificial intelligence and law. He attended COP15 in Copenhagen and also studied at Sorø Akademi in Denmark on an American Field Service Fellowship.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Vaclav Smil, How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We're Going (ISBN 978-0241454404)
(Recommended) Richard Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute?: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success, 2023 (or 2024 if available) (ISBN 978-1984861207)
(Recommended) Dixson-Decleve, Gaffney, Ghosh, Randers, Rockstrom, & Stoknes, Earth for All: A Survival Guide for Humanity, (ISBN 978-0865719866)
(Recommended) John Doerr, Speed & Scale: An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now (ISBN 978-0593420478)
(Recommended) Mark Z. Jacobson, No Miracles Needed: How Today's Technology Can Save Our Climate and Clean Our Air (ISBN 978-1009249546 )