Great Ideas to Save the World – with Patrick Grant & Guests

Part of the Festival of Making, 14-16 June in Blackburn. In association with Creative Lancashire.

“The knowledge of how to make is one of humanity’s most precious resources. Making is the most powerful way that we solve problems, express ideas and shape our world” – Daniel Charny, Power of Making (2011), Fixperts & From Now On

In this age of acceleration, what and where are the sources of ideas that will help us navigate a world that is threatened by the impact of mass consumerism and globalisation? Who are the visionary creatives and makers that can help bring about change, conceive the new models and radical solutions? Designers, like many of us, are complicit in the accumulation of a giant mountain of useless ‘stuff’ that we neither require, nor can dispose of in a responsible way.

This is the second of two sessions on the topic that will be hosted on the Festival weekend. The first panel is with Daniel Charny (Fixperts/From Now On) on Saturday15th June.

Patrick Grant (Fashion Designer, Community Clothing) will host the second session on Sunday 16th June. Together with inspirational guests at the forefront of new ideas in making and creativity, he will highlight the concepts, models and individuals who are actively shaping a vision for a positive way ahead.

This panel discussion features:

  • Patrick Grant (Community Clothing/RSA)
  • Josie Warden (RSA)

Patrick Grant launched Community Clothing in 2016 as his own response to address the wastefulness of fast fashion and the inefficiency of seasonal fashion cycles. Patrick developed Community Clothing as a socially-minded business and as a way to support some of the UK’s longest-established textile manufacturers.

Through reinvesting profit into local initiatives, extending opportunities to engage local expertise within the local supply chain, and fostering links with skills providers developing the next generation of emerging talent, Community Clothing holds the potential to disrupt fashion production whilst directly benefiting citizens and the local community. Since 2013, Patrick has been a judge on BBC’s ‘Great British Sewing Bee’.

Josie Warden is a Senior Researcher in the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing team where she is working on topics including community business, economic democracy and sustainability. She previously worked on the RSA Great Recovery project investigating the role of design in a circular economy. Her background is in textile design and sustainable development.

This event is FREE to attend. Only a limited number of seats are available on the day – please book your place in advance.

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