• The Main Event is this Thursday!

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    Collaborating is ultimately about relationships, and relationships do not thrive based on a rational calculus of costs and benefits but rather because of genuine caring and mutual vulnerability.” —Peter Senge

    JOIN US FOR FOOD, FIBERS and FRIENDLY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT FIBERS IN SAVANNAH AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES!

    This Thursday, November 20th, at the Creative Coast‘s CREATOR’S FOUNDRY! Stop in any time between 11:00 and 1:30.

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    With our Studio Production Fibers classmates working to finalize their product lines, the Sustainable Practices in Design group is in full production mode as well. Since our last blog entry we have made tons of progress in our attempts to understand what it takes to be a studio producer and small business owner in Savannah and what all the stakeholders hesitations and best practices are in the realm of sustainability.

    A big thing we are learning is how to properly communicate with our stakeholders, students and business owners alike. As design students we talk about this project everyday and it is very easy for us to get caught up in what we are doing and forget that other people, our stakeholders, don’t see it in the same way.

    We are taking a step back.

    We are creating posters and materials for the big show next week (download the poster invitation here) and making sure the language and information is displayed in such a way that we are creating space:

         1. For conversation, where our information provokes thought and ideas rather than prescribing solutions.

         2. For inclusion, rather than alienating people with labels, we want people to identify with the information.

         3. For empowerment, where our information is actionable, tangible and relatable to what the stakeholders do everyday and are able to change in their reality.

    This is no small task and as we iterate (again and again) on our prototyped event model, activities and posters we get closer and closer to what we aspire to be: stewards of change!

     

     

  • Challenging our Own Assumptions

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    Recently, our class broke into three teams: (1) Team Ecosystem, (2) Team Identities, and (3) Team Strategy in order to put our knowledge of one’s role in the ecosystem to the test.

    This week, we invited three people involved in fibers and textiles in Savannah for an open conversation about integrating SCAD students further into Savannah’s community as a means of developing their professional skills. Our guests were Charlie Crosby, Emily Felix, and Rebecca Zerby.

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  • Tips for Future Fibers Entrepreneurs

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    Get involved LOCALLY – build relationships with people even if it’s a restaurant owner. He might not be you customer, but he can get you one.”

    By Anu Agarwal and Eva Dunn

    In our exploration of the Savannah fibers scene, our team has been out and about, learning from those already contributing. Below is an interview with Adrienne Cronberger, owner at STITCH by team members Anu and Eva . But before the interview here is a short history of the Savannah company:

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  • Understanding the Fabric

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    The last five weeks have been dedicated to learning not only about fibers and textiles, but the dreams, career visions and passions of our colleagues in the Fibers Studio Production class at SCAD. So far we have surveyed the fibers students’ skills, taken a peek at the local economy and analyzed how the two can integrate.

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  • What if Just One of Them Started a Sustainable Business in Savannah?

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    If you’ve been following this blog, you know a little about what recent Sustainable Practices in Design classes at SCAD have been up to. Intermingling with a group called Accelerate Savannah, these classes have been asking questions about the local economy.

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  • Experiencing the Batey Rehab Project

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    This Thursday, the CEO and Founder of the Batey Rehab Project, Katie May Godkin, will be making a presentation at the SCAD Museum of Art at 11:30am. Katie is also an alumna of SCAD’s Architecture program. BRP’s mission is to mobilize a movement of people to aid in the deliverance of knowledge, thus creating a shift of thinking towards international projects and programs integrated within Batey communities in the Dominican Republic. And they provide life-changing volunteer trips for students to help support that mission. Design for Sustainability masters student April Lee is one of many SCAD students who have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past.

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  • What’s Your Sa.Ga?

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    The last post in this series of 4 focuses on the question of openness and outreach for a Savannah-based  hub for economic development that embodies environmental, social and cultural sustainability. A team of 4 students in the previous Sustainable Practices in Design class—Nicole Andrews, Jerome Elder, Liz Lukken and Santiago Castillo—focused on this particular question:

    3: What methods of outreach could be applied to increase awareness, participation, and excitement in the hub’s endeavor?

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  • What tools and frameworks would be helpful in creating a sustainable business hub?

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    By Scott Boylston

    While the last post shared the design work created by a SCAD Sustainable Practices in Design team focused on the physical attributes and the general operations of a sustainable hub for Accelerate Savannah, this post shares another team’s work, which focused on the second question:

    2: What tools and frameworks could help such a hub effectively accelerate existing collaborations in sustainable sectors of the Savannah economy?

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  • What would a hub for a sustainable economy look like, and where might it be located?

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    By Scott Boylston

    This is the second of 4 posts that delineate the efforts made by the Sustainable Practices in Design classes at SCAD to help members of Accelerate Savannah shape a green jobs economy in Savannah. With the task of exploring potential locations and operational models of a “sustainable hub,” the class homed in on three questions, the first of which was:

    1: What kind of physical space would best serve the objectives of the hub, and where in Savannah does such a place already exist?

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  • Next Steps Toward a Green Economy

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    By Scott Boylston

    For five months over the course of the last year, two SCAD Sustainable Practices in Design classes have worked with members of Accelerate Savannah to further their endeavor of fostering the growth of Savannah’s green collar economy. Accelerate Savannah’s intent is to help create, retain and grow sustainability-focused jobs in the region. Primary objectives of this effort include creating an inclusive economy that empowers the chronically underemployed, and permanently retaining some of the creative energy that passes through local colleges and universities.

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