Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, a national nonpartisan Christian organization, will discuss “The Politically Engaged Believer: Morals, Ethics and Social Justice in the 2012 Election” at Kent State University on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Kiva (Student Center, Risman Drive). The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow his talk.
A research paper based on primary data collected from co-creating craft practitioners of India who are working towards social justice.
Breaking the boundaries of the traditional curriculum to develop collaboration and cognitive diversity
IFFTI Conference Kent State University March 2020
Communal: Community is not necessarily about immediate geographic location, but similar opinions brought together by the influence of fashion and technology
Inclusivity, Technology, Diversity, Community, Innovation
Nottingham Trent University
50, Shakespeare Street,
Manchester Metropolitan University
Righton Building – Room 2.31
Research from the Design Council (2018), predicts that there is a growing demand for future skills which are difficult to automate with ‘an emerging risk of growing inequality between …. people who have such skills and those who don’t’ (6). Arguing this is being threatened by the reduction in emphasis on design and technology education, accentuated by the lack of inclusivity. To address this shortfall UK educational institutions are recognising the value of collaboration as an enabler for innovation and creativity.
This paper presents case studies from Nottingham Trent University and Manchester Metropolitan University where collaborative opportunities are embedded into the curriculum in recognition of the current industry requirement for cognitive diversity within the graduate attributes. However, the disruption to the curriculum poses a challenge and provocation to both staff and students through the mindset and culture shift to make a successful transition to the necessary new ways of thinking and working.
The session will explore the inter-disciplinary educational experience which occurred at Nottingham Trent University, involving collaboration between Mobile App Development students from the School of Science & Technology and Fashion Management students from the School of Art & Design to co-develop a mobile app proposal. The second case study involves students from the Manchester Fashion Institute investigating new initiatives within fashion and collaborating with industry professionals to develop sustainable products.
The shared findings were that students gained more strategic cross-industry knowledge, developing ‘the complex problem solving, critical and creative thinking abilities that are essential to innovation’ (Design Council, 2017:78), with an emphasis on self-critique and a greater understanding of inclusivity and cultural awareness.
Within this session, we will present the positive impact on the student learning experience, indicating proposals for the future and create a thinking space for participants to consider implementation in their own discipline.
Design Council, 2018. The Design Economy 2018, The state of design in the UK
Design Council, 2017. Designing a Future Economy: Designing Design Skills for Productivity & Innovation
This research paper is an outcome of personal experiences and primary data collected during participatory co-creation with craft practitioners. The study explores the cause of social justice through fashion based on an enquiry into local practices, especially by women, who use traditional hand-skills to resist capitalism and patriarchal grids. The interview of a few designers and organizations practicing 'co-creation' to achieve social justice form a foundation for this research.
Keywords: Fashion Education, Gender, Curriculum Structure, Gender Dilution, Design Directions