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Path Breaker: Ursula Franklin

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Blogroll / Path Breakers & Path Finders

“Technology involves organization, procedure, symbols, new words, equations, and most of all, it involves a mindset.” (Franklin 1999, 17)  As part of the UCRF initiative ‘Path Breakers — Path Finders’ where we celebrate the many voices who have inspired and guided the work of change over many years, including systems change in fashion, we turn our attention to Ursula Franklin. Thank you to UCRF member Dr Mark Joseph O’Connell for nominating Professor Franklin. University of Toronto Professor Emerita, Ursula Franklin […]

Local Assembly India Communique

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Blogroll / Local Assemblies

Over a number of months throughout the Coronavirus lockdown, a contingent of UCRF members from/with connections to India met online to explore themes of importance to the country. The conversations were both wide-ranging and detailed and resulted in this Communique from the Indian UCRF Local Assembly which shows some of the great heritage of Indian textiles and also its diverse present. With gratitude to all the participants in Local Assembly India for their sustained and […]

Wikipedia edit-a-thon 2021

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Blogroll / Wiki-editathon

Yes, it is that time again! It is the Union’s yearly collaborative wikipedia edit-a-thon! Like in the last two years, the date is 26th February. So on Friday 26th 2021 we will revisit the “sustainable fashion” page on Wikipedia to add and update its content. The page is an entry-point and resource with an average of 300-500 daily visits (depending on the seasons). Over the years, we have managed to get this page to not […]

The last glossary working group update of the year

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Blogroll / Glossary working group

“Imagine us all together in the same room one day” In our last meeting of 2020, the UCRF glossary working group paired in groups to work on definitions of the keywords to think beyond the descriptions. It was important for us to study each word in pairs and then bring the ideas to the table for further discussions. We feel that this created a room to discuss in-depth critiques, thoughts, and diverse approaches to words […]

A question from the glossary working group

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Activities / Blogroll / Glossary working group

What do we call a word glossary with an aim to change systems? Words. We use them so freely. We use them every day to communicate. But words are not mere descriptors. They are part of a journey that indicates our history and has a power to foretell our future. Language matters. Words affect us. They empower us. They educate us. They have the power to trigger change. We create a vocabulary with these words.  Since April this year, some of […]