Written by: Renata Comin (Fashion Management postgrad) and Vitória Christino (Public Relations)
24 students from SENAC University (Brazil), Humber Fashion Management postgraduate (Longo Faculty of Business), and Public Relations (FMCA) worked together in a Collaborative International Learning Project (COIL): “Furniture for a Better Future”. The multidisciplinary project, led by Rossie Kadiyska, Vladimira Steffek, Annette Borger-Snel (Humber College), and Luciana Chen and Myrna Do Nasciemento (Senac University), enabled students to prototype and develop solutions, through design thinking methodologies, for two companies - Wyrth, a Canadian home goods shop and Dikta, a Brazilian furniture store.
Leadership, communication, system thinking, teamwork, and intercultural skills were honed during the project. Education for Sustainability and “UN SDGs 3, 11, and 12” were the guiding principles for students. Students were also offered internship opportunities following the project.