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27Sep
Week 3: Growing
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Documenting this week 3.

Mon-

Stretching ourselves and waking up to the start of the week with a fresh aired walk to town and back suggested by Lizzie. Perfect wake up to start getting our ideas together for presenting.

Presentation time was one of our first chance of grouping and presenting to others. We all struggled in certain areas but at the same time presented pretty well to Amelia, Johannes, Lizzie and Liz. Being aware of how quick we had to get all the information together and no chance to create an organised loop of who was talking about what and when. So considering all of this I think we completed the task pretty well!

Tues-

Moving Insights to generating ideas for the project- working closely with group to work out which areas of our market research is most appropriate for the forming some ideas. Had Johannes for the day to guide us through this understanding. Was nice to have a different perspective on the project.

Meeting Peter Macfadyen in town for coffee and to discuss how Frome generates/works as an independent town. And how we can successfully set a swap shop in Frome, and also where and when it would work best.

Weds-

Questionnaire time: understanding what asking the public would help us in building insightful information. Being out in the public and asking what the locals of Frome would appreciate as a new service to Frome.

Laura and I went up to Victoria park/Steiner school to ask the mums to see if this service would help there clothes shopping with small kids (a certain target market we have started to look into).

Amelia’s birthday- Leah making protein balls with Rosa making a card full of dried flowers and Laura making a Fantastically different sweet tasting soup. A nice moment between the group to not be thinking about project time.

Thurs-

Was bad on my behalf, woke up late and really felt I needed to rest my body for once 3 weeks down the line (which seems pretty good, considering I was taking at least 2/3 mornings off every week last year) before we had lunch we went through highlighting the good and bad points of our presentation and how we could change it for next weeks presentation of ideas.

Amelia took us outside for a game where we were all really open and honest…and now we are working on our accreditation together.

All in all a fantastic week of idea generating and learning new things with a great selection of people all bringing different tools to the table!

Ruby King.

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25Sep
Week 2: Testing the waters
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With our heads held high, our team entered week two with heightened spirits, eager to pick up where we left off. The theme of the week was discovery, our days were to be concerned with delving into the world of ethical fashion services, sustainable business models and clothing swapping events, but first… coffee.

Monday saw the team in full force, under the collective guidance of Lizzie and Amelia. Spurred on by caffeine, we were eased into the morning by one of Ruby’s heartfelt facilitations, the likes of which spanned the entire week. With warm hands, we got stuck in. First Amelia introduced us to the task at hand, then Lizzie coached us on the tools and techniques needed to carry it out and soon we felt ready for anything. Pooling our collective minds, we drew up a research plan, and divided into teams. Monday ended with a sense of trepidation, as we were eager to get started.

On Tuesday we launched both our Facebook page and our mailing list, if you would like to join our mailing list please message us via our Facebook page or email us at: [email protected]. Our social media presence aided us in our acquisition of relevant statistics and figures as we could now pose questions to our community of supporters who seemed more than happy to answer them. Taking the more direct approach, some team members took to the streets to chat with local clothing professionals and charity shop volunteers about the current state of ethical and sustainable fashion in Frome. Leah, Laura and Iona took the week’s theme of discovery to heart, returning with scores of relevant information, and a handful of new insights.

Laura and Ruby were also lucky enough to meet with Ciara from Poot. Here we learned a great deal about the fashion community in Frome and were delighted to receive feedback on our projected ideas. Whilst this was going on, Rosa and I were tapping away at our keyboards, looking into Frome’s demographics, considering possible venues, and exploring a number of similar clothes swapping models existing throughout the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. After a relaxing lunch, the team reunited to share what we had discovered. With the help of Liz, we managed to group our findings by theme, so that we could better make use of them during next week’s ideation process, something we are more than excited to get underway! The number of multicoloured posted notes currently lining our office wall is quite staggering.

If all of that sounded like quite a lot, that’s because it was. As a group we are starting to learn how to work effectively under pressure, moving quickly from one task to the next. It is, however, very important to maintain a nurturing environment when working on projects such as these, in groups such as this. For that reason, we were delighted to spend Thursday getting to know each other, and ourselves, better, through our various team building activities accommodated by Andy Britnell, during his facilitated section of the day.

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And like that, the week was over as quickly as it had begun. As students we are learning how to process and interpret information, as a team we are learning how to communicate and work effectively under pressure, and as friends, we are learning to how be happy with ourselves, together. And maybe, over the coming weeks, some of us might just realise a thing or two about pursuing meaningful livelihoods that are important to us.

Thank you for reading this week’s blog post, be sure to check back later for more updates.

Benedict.

 

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18Sep
Week 1: The start of something amazing!
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Oh boy,

What an amazing week this has been, one that was phenomenal and one that won’t be forgotten. As a group coming together from all areas, we have developed a fantastic team that has the potential to achieve extraordinary and exciting things to help change and educate people in the way we look at clothing and how to reduce and prevent waste. Not only do we have a great team, we are lucky to have Liz and Lizzie who are so passionate in their knowledge and beliefs, (for more information on them, visit their website.) to support our team in refining down ideas and working towards finalising a direction of travel.

We are also happy to be partnered up with Amelia who is our course facilitator from Edventure!

On Wednesday night, we produced an introduction event – a brief about what we intend to do and how we plan to achieve it. We only had a few hours to prepare our evening but we pulled it off giving our audience an overview of the course and getting them up to speed on ethical fashion, as well as being inspired by their own stories. We also produced not one but two homemade soups, sourced from local businesses in Frome.

It was a week in which we reflected on, ourselves, our values and how we have a wealth of skills to offer, in: needle-work, sewing, art and design, photography and business management, to bring to the project for the community of Frome.

We are so very grateful for the enormous support we received from our first event, for those who came to listen, who gave us positive feedback, for sharing soup and friendship.

We hope you had an insight into the clothing journey (where it starts and where it ends!) We hope to provide you with the knowledge to think about what you wear and where and how it was made and to generate some solutions to your personal clothing dilemmas.

Please keep up to date with our blog and like our new Facebook page to see more of how we are developing!

Let’s make this 10 (now 9) weeks amazing and achievable.

With lots of love, happiness and health.

The Edventure 11 team, Benedict, Laura, Amy, Rosa, Iona, Ruby and Leah

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