There is an urgent need for educations to promote a sustainable mindset, identify future challenges and develop sustainable strategies. Students need to be empowered to become change agents for a more sustainable future.

By Helene Jeune and Tina Hjort


The intention of this e-publication is to put sustainability higher on the educational agenda. It is to document the teaching processes that was kicked of at the Youth Fashion Summit 2012 & 2014 as well as at teaching modules at KEA - Copenhagen School of Design and Technology at the Top-up bachelor Design & Business. This experience and teaching material have been developed further and compiled into a toolbox available and free to use.

The overall idea is about creating sustainable visions for the next generation. It is to help designers, purchasers, communicators and other actors in the fashion industry to define and find solutions for the challenges the fashion industry faces not only today but in the future.

So how do we promote well-informed and reflective students, whose passion and empowerment fuel them to become future agents of change?

The idea behind the toolbox is to give teachers at both Design and Business schools inspiration for teaching and integrating sustainability into the curriculum at their institutes. A wide range of sustainable teaching approaches such as future thinking, critical thinking, problem-based learning approaches and design thinking are included in the development of the material. The toolbox consist of a range of theme cards and process cards that integrate the above elements.

The toolbox is continuously being developed with new materials being added and improvements being made.

Toolbox E-book
The Voice of a New Generation, (E-book)

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