We Make it Easy for Course Organizers

We are committed to providing course organizers with a wide range of support tools, including the course organizer’s guide, NWEI’s blog, how-to videos, registration forms and more. Course organizers choose a topic and invite others to join them to discover change, together. Learn more about organizing a course here.

Our Impact

More than 170,000 people worldwide have participated in NWEI discussion courses. We have helped people — in local communities, on college campuses, within faith communities, at work and through the EcoChallenge — change for good, in ways both small and large. Through shared learning, shared stories and shared action, our courses help foster a spirit of community and inspire change. Thousands have abandoned old habits to embrace more sustainable ways of living — from “buying local” and using reusable bags, to joining bike-to-work challenges and shopping second-hand.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do NWEI discussion courses work?

    It all begins with course organizers and their desire to create a community of change. A course organizer is someone like you; anyone can organize a discussion course. We provide a wide range of support tools, including the course organizer’s guide, how-to videos, registration forms and more. Course organizers choose a topic and invite others to join them to discover change, together. Our courses are designed to help break big issues into bite-sized pieces. And they help create a personal network of shared stories and support that makes it easy to take action. Learn more about organizing a course here.

  • Where do discussion courses take place?

    On college campuses, in businesse, within faith communities, in homes and at neighborhood centers—people organize courses in many different settings, inviting people to discover change, together.

  • How are discussion courses developed?

    A key part of our work as an organization is staying up-to-speed on the ever-changing dialogue of sustainability. From TED talks to blog posts to scholarly articles, something new comes out every day with the power to spark discussion and change. Our Curriculum Committee of volunteers and staff creates and revises course books on an ongoing basis. Let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to see covered in a future course.

  • Can NWEI help me organize a discussion course?

    Absolutely. We are committed to providing course organizers with a wide range of support tools, including the course organizer’s guide, how-to videos, registration forms and more. Learn more about organizing a course here. Our Outreach Team members are available to provide support and guidance along the way, contact us by email at contact@nwei.org or at 503.227.2807.

  • How do I sign up to be a course organizer?

    Click here to get started or give us a call at 503.227.2807

  • I am organizing a discussion course. Do I need anything in addition to my discussion course books?

    Each course book includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a discussion group – and we offer a variety of tools to help make it easy, from online scheduling to videos and mentoring by experienced organizers. Click here for our Course Organizer guide to get started today.

  • Can I join a course that’s already organized?

    Our model of shared stories, shared learning, and shared action works best when participants complete the journey together, from beginning to end. Rather than connecting participants with courses, most of our work focuses on helping people build their own community of change by becoming a course organizer.

    We occasionally organize online discussion courses that are open to anyone. You can stay tuned to all our offerings (including our online discussion courses) by subscribing to our blog or following us on Facebook.

    To get started contact NWEI by email at contact@nwei.org or at 503.227.2807

  • How long is a discussion course? And how long are the meetings?

    Discussion groups meet from one to seven times, depending on the discussion course and the desires of the group. Groups generally meet for an hour or hour and a half for each session. Sessions are designed to fit into a lunch break, though many groups chose to extend the sessions when time allows.

  • How long does it take to get a discussion course book in the mail?

    NWEI processes orders twice a week. We use USPS priority mail for all our packages. Once shipped, it generally takes 3-5 business days for packages to arrive. Our ebooks are available to download immediately after purchase.

  • What is included with the course/course book?

    Click here to view a sample.

  • How much does it cost to participate in a course?

    To participate in a course, you will need to purchase a course book (ebook and/or print copy). Depending on the course, our discussion books range from $10-$28. Order your course book online here. To place an order or request sample copies of any of our materials, contact us by email at contact@nwei.org or at 503.227.2807

  • How many participants are in an average discussion group?

    The ideal discussion group size is 8-12 people when meeting in person. We recommend that at least 6 people participate but no more than 15, in order to keep the discussion both lively and manageable.

    Online discussion courses allow for more participants because they leverage technology to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate (for example, we can use polling questions to gather input from a larger group of participants all at once.) We have successfully facilitated online discussion courses for groups of 25-200 people, and customize the course experience to the size of the group.

  • Does each participant need his or her own course book?

    Yes. Course participants have readings and exercises to complete on their own before each week’s course, so each participant having a discussion course book (or ebook) is important.

  • How can I connect with other discussion course participants?

    Drop us a line at contact@nwei.org and we’ll help you connect with the many communities across the world that are using our programs to change for good. You can also connect with other organizers and participants on our Facebook group for course organizers.

  • Still have questions?

    We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at 503.227.2807 or by email at contact@nwei.org.