PAST EVENTS

The Shared Future of Fashion and Aerospace

Panel and Presentation Series: The intersection of fashion and aerospace

An introductory presentation will look at the shared history of fashion and aerospace, their mutual long-term interests, and the incredible possibilities of what could be if they proactively work together.  A panel discussion will follow, on the practice of envisioning new realities, finding opportunities through differences, and interdisciplinary collaboration

NEW YORK @ GALVANIZE SOHO

October 23, 6:30-8:30pm

Francis Bitonti of Studio Bitonti
Sabine Seymour of SUPA
Ted Southern of Final Frontier Design
Barbara Cottrell Trippeer of FIT, and Design Researcher

FAAR @ Parsons

NEW YORK @ PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN

October 19, 6:00-8:00pm

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FIELD/WORK

October 14, 2017
Chicago Artist Coalition

How To Use Your Map And Compass

Fashion + Aerospace @ NewSpace Chicago

September 14, 2017
mHUB

Founder, Lee Anderson, will be speaking at NewSpace Chicago on the intersection of Fashion + Aerospace.

Read About the event, and see the video here

The Outpost

September 8-10, 2017
Camp Navarro

In this Biomimicry workshop at the experiential marketing event The Outpost, immersed in the Redwoods and the landscape photography of Reuben Wu, teams will create designs inspired by nature, suitable for both earth and space environments.  

Read more about the event here

Learn more about The Outpost

Define Your Company Values

Tuesday, May 23 6:00pm-8:00pm
Lost Arts, 1001 N North Branch Street

Company values are more than a sequence of words or esoteric concepts, they are the foundation and spirit of your company or your practice. They are the reason people want to work for you, and the reason your customers choose you over the competition. They are the thing that you look to when important decisions leave you at a crossroads.

In this workshop led by Lee Anderson of Starkweather, we will look at some of the greatest examples of company values and the ways in which those values are communicated to the public and to their employees. We will then workshop your own company or professional values (existing or under construction) and ways to communicate them beyond verbiage.

You will leave the event with a deeper understanding of why values matter as well as new approaches to identifying and embodying the values of your own business or practice.

This event is for current and future founders, artists and freelancers, managers and branding professionals.

Supplies, beer, and bubbly water will be provided for attendees.

Register Here
Learn more about our host, Lost Arts

ROUND TABLE: Fashion & Aerospace

March 8, 2017

In a world where the future is arriving each day at an accelerated pace, technology has initiated a paradigm shift, particularly in traditionally human-centered fields, that is still in flux. Through technology, previously divergent industries have found common ground to collaborate and excel in this new economy. And yet, in many ways, we have not reconciled the conflicting demands of stakeholders, expectations from past paradigms, and short vs. long term outlooks. The result: industries with shared long term interests are tackling interrelated issues in isolation, and on wholly unsynchronized timelines. What would happen if new channels of communication and collaboration were introduced?

To allow ourselves to imagine the future relationship between fashion and aerospace challenges us to take steps towards that reality starting today. The first stages of this evolution are already happening, with parallel exploration into technologies such as 3-D printing, biometrics and advanced recycling being innovated in both the fashion and aerospace industries. What would happen if those efforts were aligned?

Read about it here

FASHION WEEKEND

February 25-26, 2017 

Fashion Weekend is an opportunity for students from Parsons Fashion and School of Design Strategies to collaborate in problem solving for a real life case study proposed by a leading fashion company. Fashion Weekend will focus on the design of systems in the industry rather than the design of products, calling on skills developed in each of the academic departments. Over the course of two days, they will learn tools for system thinking, cross-disciplinary brainstorming and presentation. The weekend will conclude with pitches in front of a multi-disciplinary panel from the subject company. The skills developed during this weekend will support the attending students in their continued course work, and help them stand out as they enter into their future careers.

WORKSHOP: Define Your Company Values 

 on December 29, 2016

Learn how to create, communicate, and sustain your company values

Company values are more than a sequence of words or esoteric concepts, they are the foundation and spirit of your company. They are the reason people want to work for you, and the reason your customers choose you over the competition. They are the thing that you look to when important decisions leave you at a crossroads.

We will look at some of the greatest examples of company values, and the ways in which those values are communicated to the public and to their employees.

We will workshop your own company values (existing or under construction) and ways to communicate them beyond verbiage.

You will leave the event with a deeper understanding of why values matter, and new approaches to identifying and embodying the values of your own business.

THIS WORKSHOP is for current and future founders, human resource professionals, managers and branding professionals.

WORKSHOP: System Thinking

December 8, 2016

Learn how system thinking can help you in your career and running your own business

System thinking is a unique process for decision making and problem solving that takes into consideration all of the interacting elements related to an issue. It means looking at the bigger picture and the long term. It means looking across disciplines and across industries. More than anything, it is understanding that all things are interrelated. There are infinite opportunities in those overlaps, but the connections aren't always easy to see. Our goal in this workshop is to show you how a problem-solving mind set can help you identify those opportunities, gauge feasibility and measure their potential impact. 

You will leave the workshop with new tools for how to switch between big picture thinking and real time action, to identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration with other teams within your organization or across companies and disciplines, and a vocabulary for communicating these tools to your colleagues and peers.

THIS WORKSHOP is for problem solvers, looking for new ways to approach systemic issues in their workplace. The principles of system thinking can be applied during routine planning, or to support time sensitive decision making.

WORKSHOP: System Thinking

October 8, 2016       2pm-5pm

Learn how system thinking can help you in your career and running your own business

System thinking is a unique process for decision making and problem solving that takes into consideration all of the interacting elements related to an issue. It means looking at the bigger picture and the long term. It means looking across disciplines and across industries. More than anything, it is understanding that all things are interrelated. There are infinite opportunities in those overlaps, but the connections aren't always easy to see. Our goal in this workshop is to show you how a problem-solving mind set can help you identify those opportunities, gauge feasibility and measure their potential impact. 

You will leave the workshop with new tools for how to switch between big picture thinking and real time action, to identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration with other teams within your organization or across companies and disciplines, and a vocabulary for communicating these tools to your colleagues and peers.

THIS WORKSHOP is for problem solvers, looking for new ways to approach systemic issues in their workplace. The principles of system thinking can be applied during routine planning, or to support time sensitive decision making.

FOCUS GROUP: Education 

September 22, 2016        7pm-9pm

Surface relevant experiences and untapped opportunities in fashion education. What are the skills in demand in the work place? What extra curricular options are available to enhance those skills? 

WORKSHOP: Define Your Company Values 

August 27, 2016

Learn how to create, communicate, and sustain your company values

Company values are more than a sequence of words or esoteric concepts, they are the foundation and spirit of your company. They are the reason people want to work for you, and the reason your customers choose you over the competition. They are the thing that you look to when important decisions leave you at a crossroads.

We will look at some of the greatest examples of company values, and the ways in which those values are communicated to the public and to their employees.

We will workshop your own company values (existing or under construction) and ways to communicate them beyond verbiage.

You will leave the event with a deeper understanding of why values matter, and new approaches to identifying and embodying the values of your own business.

THIS WORKSHOP is for current and future founders, human resource professionals, managers and branding professionals. 

IN-COURSE WORKSHOP: Systems

April 26, 4-6pm

Research & Development Methods, Parsons The New School for Design

The idea is not to solve all of the problems, but to put a context around where we are and identify what kind of initiatives might help activate and empower change makers. We want them to get pushed and cultivated to their full potential. This starts with education, but it continues through work environments and then the cycle repeats. *We dissect the environment in order to find the right questions to ask, which will then lead to the deployment of problem solving methods.

Suggested readings: 

https://www.ideo.com/images/uploads/news/pdfs/Rotman_SAS_IDEO_Winter09.pdf
http://www.incose.org/AboutSE/WhatIsSE
http://www.strategy-business.com/article/10210?gko=20cca
http://www.iftf.org/future-now/article-detail/designing-a-new-operating-system-for-work/
Case Study: https://hbr.org/2016/04/how-intuit-built-a-better-support-system-for-intrapreneurs

FOCUS GROUP: Culture/Values

March 21, 6-8pm

Hosted by
Manufacture New York
850 Third Avenue (between 30th & 31st street)
Floor 7
Brooklyn, New York 11232

On the topic of culture and values in the fashion industry, we will be looking closely at happenings in the fashion industry and peripheral industries through news coverage and the unique vantage points and expertise of the participants. 

The following topics will be discussed:

 

1. Foundation: Defining core values, and not putting them up on a shelf to get dusty. Company culture is a living thing you have to take care of and cultivate.
True or False: In fashion, people don’t take jobs for the company culture. They take jobs for the product category or the prestige.
True or False: In fashion, design ethos/collection aesthetic is prioritized over company culture

2. B2B vs B2C culture: Does the nature of your company culture change if you are a customer facing brand versus a business facing brand?
True or false: Direct to consumer fashion brands are creating an opportunity for increased focus on company culture

3. Vernacular: “Startup founders” vs “young designers” 
True or false: Fashion designers are not seen as or referred to as entrepreneurs

 

The following readings are recommended:

What Is Organizational Culture? And Why Should We Care?Harvard Business Review
Keeping Core Values AliveCase studies
Culture: Why It's The Hottest Topic In Business TodayForbes
What It Means To Work HereHarvard Business Review
Ten Signs of A Progressive Company CultureForbes
Build Sustainability into Your Business From Day OneThe Business of Fashion
New Vogue: Company Culture, The New York Times

*All attendees are encouraged to come prepared with one example of company culture in the fashion industry that sets a positive example.

The purpose of the readings and outline is to create a framework for the discussion, and for each attendee's expertise.
These events are participatory - we look forward to carrying the conversation forward with you!


FOCUS GROUP: State of the Industry

February 22, 6-8pm

30 Weeks 

250 Hudson (entrance on dominick)
New York City

Focus group: uncovering the issues with the intention of getting it all out on the table to inform our programming through the rest of the year.

What are the issues on your mind? What questions should we be asking? Who should we be engaging? How can we help? What discussions do you crave?


PIONEER MODE

November 13-14, 9am-6pm

Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

Pioneer Mode:

" A CONFERENCE THAT AIMS TO SPARK CRITICAL THINKING THAT MAY LEAD TO SOLUTIONS THAT TACKLE SYSTEMIC ISSUES IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY"