We hope you are all managing to breathe in these challenging times. With everything that’s been going on there isn’t a right answer for what we all should be doing right now. For some of us staying busy and occupied help to cope with the situation, for others just an idea of that brings out stress.
Don’t feel like you have to stay productive 24/7. There is a lot of pressure on social media around the productivity these days that might play with people’s mental health. If you feel like doing nothing, do nothing. If you feel like watching movies, watch movies. If you feel like crying, cry a little. If you feel like sleeping in, sleep in. This is all very new situation for all of us and there isn’t a right protocol on how to act and deal with all this. Don’t compare or pressure yourself.
On the other hand, it might also be an incredible opportunity to finally get on with the activities we didn’t really have time for before. You can practice that dance routine when no one is watching, do more yoga, read the book you wanted to read for so long, start to write the book you wanted to write for so long. Be curious and expand your knowledge or get more informed about the topics that excites you. If you read this article it means you’ve got the privilege of having access to the internet, having access to the countless amount of knowledge and activities you can find online. No matter what is it you want to learn there is a big possibility you can learn that online if you put in the work.
Today we wanted to list off some amazing online courses that are concentrating on fashion and sustainability. So much value is out here right now being available to us for free or just a symbolic amount, developed by a big names and institutions. You can just sit and listen; we believe you will find inspiration.
Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World.Get an introduction to sustainable fashion design, research and business practice with this course from London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion, supported by luxury fashion group Kering. You’ll explore key sustainability issues, agendas and contexts associated with luxury fashion.
You can join for free and get 8 weeks access to the course. Click here: Future Learn
Institut Français de la Mode launches its first ever MOOC. The course offers a dual approach to fashion, both as a cultural phenomenon and as a creative industry. It is taught by Professor Benjamin Simmenauer, who teaches brand strategy at the school. Several Professors from Institut Français de la Mode and academic experts also provide input on historical, economic, sociological or aesthetical perspectives.
In order to remain as close as possible to the realities of fashion and luxury today, the MOOC also offers video testimonials from major business leaders and fashion designers like Simon Porte (Founder & Designer, Jacquemus), Francesca Belletini (CEO, Saint Laurent) or Sidney Toledano (Chairman and CEO, LVMH Fashion Group).
Enjoy it. Click here: Institut Français de la Mode
BoF also offers lots of interesting classes in its new education section. Comprising video tutorials, worksheets, tests and downloadable tools, each course offers a comprehensive introduction to a key subject. Split into bitesize modules that take from 2 to 7 minutes, learn whenever and wherever you want. Digital Marketing, Building Your Dream Career or case study on Fashion’s Journey to Radical Transparency.
Get knowledge. Click here: Business of Fashion Education
This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.
Get more information: Coursera
This course, offered by Copenhagen Business School, provides an overview of business model theory and discuss business models as essential tools in the transformation towards more sustainable businesses. You will broaden your knowledge on sustainable fashion, sustainable business models, circular economy and related concepts. You will learn the basic vocabulary and tools to discuss sustainable business models’ ideas and concepts in the context of fashion and get overall understanding of challenges and opportunities of implementing circular business models.
Kick it off. Click here: Copenhagen Business School
We hope that today is one of those days where your productivity kicks in but even if it’s not don’t be so hard on yourself. Just save this for later as it would be a shame to miss out on any of these great courses.
+ Words: Kristina Kasparova
Kristina Kasparova is a creative nomad, free spirit seeking real conversations and inspiring stories. Czech made, she is currently based in London, focused on more ethical fashion and sustainable life.