A few weeks ago, on the 23rd of February, I had the pleasure to be invited, as an external speaker, to the VIA Design Student Incubator. I talked about how we can use sustainability as a design tool and offered an insight on my newly founded sustainable fashion startup - SOLVE.
The presentation started with a discussion on how to strategically approach and develop circular thinking. This included views on how to work with sustainable fashion, design methods, circular principles and new business models. This was explained following a multidisciplinary-based toolkit that I have put together as a result of the experience I have accumulated while developing SOLVE. The aim was to help generate a better way of addressing problems and ultimately create good design.
To further aid the understanding of how sustainability can help design a business model, I provided a close-up view on SOLVE, starting from reason to the point that we are now at.
As a result of this lovely congregation, we've established a new Sustainable Business Design & Entrepreneurship Hub, comprised of teachers and students at VIA Design who are passionate by or work within this field. We also agreed on having me as an associated external consultant and sustainability columnist at The Garage. The Garage is a new initiative of VIA University Collage's student incubator in Herning that provides VIA Design students with office space and various workshops connected to the development of ideas and businesses.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience where I had the opportunity to meet and talk with curious like-minded people. There was such a good and inspirational energy around and the event lead to the creation of an exciting new adventure, the SBDE Hub. I can't help but feel gratitude for this amazing place called VIA Design and all the inspiring people within it.