Systemic Innovation in the fashion system

An amazing MA course in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability based in Sweden at the Blekinge Institute for Technology (BTH ) opens today for applications for next year.

BTH is a top ranked sustainability research and education institution currently recruiting talented, early to mid career professionals for its cutting-edge course.¬†The course produces graduates who can deliver organizational leadership for strategic change towards sustainability and is underpinned by the science-based ‘Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development’ (widely known as The Natural Step Framework) spearheaded by Karl-Henrik Robert, a global sustainability leader and course tutor.

The Swedish state kindly pays for tuition fees for this programme for EU & EEA citizens and it is taught in English. Applications open 1st of December 2011 and close 16th January 2012.

The founders of Slow Fashion Forward are graduates of the course, and their graduate research project was titled ‘Slow Fashion: Tailoring a Strategic Approach towards Sustainability’, which you can download from their website on the right hand column.

The fashion system needs leaders and thinkers like this who can approach the complex challenges we face using frameworks and methods developed for systemic innovation. We have been thinking about this idea of systemic innovation in relation to the MISTRA Future Fashion project we are working on, grappling with the nature of a large research consortium, that involves many research groups who will be feeding their individual research into the project as a whole. If the aim of the whole project is ‘how to bring about systemic environmental change in the Swedish fashion industry, while maintaining it’s competitiveness’, some dynamic, systemic thinking is needed.

Graphic from Slow Fashion Forward