The Economist Group runs online classes for executives looking to gain new skills, under the banner of Economist Education. The aim is to provide a balanced, well-rounded, accessible introduction to hot topics of the day. Given fast-growing interest in climate change among its corporate readership, senior leadership of The Economist Group decided to launch a course on the theme.
I was invited to join the founding team to craft the course via a series of workshops. Convened by The Economist’s business editor, the team included external learning experts and freelancers specializing in corporate engagement. The course came together over several weeks of brainstorming, followed by drafting of course content. I wrote half of the course, including modules on climate science and economics, net-zero, circularity, and corporate decarbonization. The content was subject to intensive editing and fact-checking, as per The Economist’s regular editorial process.
Since the launch of the course in 2022, I have also served as head tutor. This role entails regular engagement with students via online forums and other channels. I review all student submissions, post weekly video blogs summarizing course progress, and regularly answer student questions about course content. Student employers are a diverse bunch, from energy utilities to banks to a national Olympic committee. This job has given me a front-row seat to how executives—especially those not already seeped in climate discourse—think about the subject and address some of its hard questions and trade-offs, and keen insight on how best to engage them. This is an oft-overlooked cohort in the climate discourse, but their work will be crucial in the broader transformation of the global economy.