Category Archives: Curricula

WATCH // Udita (Arise): a film on garment making in Bangladesh


Udita Poster


On April 24th 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh. Over 1,130 workers were killed and thousands more were left injured. These workers were producing garments for consumers in Europe and North America.

We have now marked the two year anniversary of the collapse, yet the ILO trust fund established to support victims and their families remains nearly 3 million dollars short.

Rana Plaza was not the first industrial accident of its kind in Bangladesh, and building (and fire) safety is not the only challenge faced by garment workers.

Udita, the latest documentary from The Rainbow Collective, brings together footage capturing garment work in Bangladesh, collected over a five year period.

The Rainbow Collective premiered the film in East London at the Unite The Union Community Centre to a packed house on 24 April, marking the 2nd anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse.

Udita Trailer (full documentary below):


Udita asks its audience to listen to the testimonies of workers and organisers. No simple solution is presented. No judgements are passed. Viewers are left to draw their own connections.

Thanks to The Rainbow Collective for making Udita free and accessible.

Please watch and share through your networks.

Udita (full documentary):

Note: This blog post was also published on Routes blog, with permission. 

LEARN // The WellMade Project

WellMade - Facebook banner image


A three year project that began in 2013, WellMade provides free online resources designed to help brands better support labour rights in their supply chains.

The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is lead partner on the initiative, working collaboratively with other partners and associates.


There are currently four specific case studies to assist brands:

(1) “You know those pants we ordered? We need them in a different color!”

(2) “I’m visiting a factory but I’m not a CSR specialist. What can I do to help?”

(3) “We have found labour problems in one of our factories. What should we do?”

(4) “Subcontracting: How can this small group of workers produce so many t-shirts?”

If you’re in Paris, you can catch the project for a free workshop tomorrow (10 Feb) at Texworld.

Follow WellMade on Facebook and Twitter for updates on resources, as well as future workshops and events.

Test your knowledge! And track fast fashion with this interactive Africa study map

How well do you know your geography when it comes to Africa? Unfortunately, many of us need to study up.

This online tool could be a great addition to learning activities on fast fashion supply chains – specifically on second-hand trade.

Add this tool to:

via Africa is a Country

Africa Study Map

Resources // NPR’s Planet Money Makes a ‘Simple’ T-shirt

Planet Money showing just how little the industry has changed.

Planet Money showing just how little the industry has changed.


Planet Money:

What would you like the people who buy this t-shirt to know about you?

Doris Restrepo, Garment Worker, Medellín, Colombia:

What is behind the T-shirt: It’s a world.

NPR’s Planet Money has released a five chapter series on the production of a conventional t-shirt. This series is an excellent educational resource and is perfect for ‘flipping’ into a short course on our international fashion system. The videos and accompanying articles would also make a fantastic addition to any of SA’s educational resourcesparticularly the SAGE module where we traced the international production of a hypothetical t-shirt from the farm to the landfill and beyond into it’s second-hand life.

Introducing: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt from NPR on Vimeo.

Inspired by Pietra Rivoli‘s The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade, Planet Money actually hired the Georgetown Professor as an advisor for this series. Needless to say, I highly recommend the The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy as further reading to help gain even deeper insight into the value chain of a ‘simple’ t-shirt. 

This series is an absolute must for anyone interested in the fashion supply chain as a whole and the political, economic, and social issues that surround the production of clothing.

Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt: The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters

Mind Map: Understanding Cause & Consequence [classroom ready worksheets]



When attempting to better understand any issue, there are two very important questions to consider:

1. Why does the issue exist?

2. What will happen if the issue persists?

With Nadira’s tried and tested mind-map formula, we’ve build four template worksheets for you to download for use in your own classrooms, using themes from each station in our SAGE module. Click on a theme to be taken to a page where you can view and download the worksheet:

To get you started, Nadira’s done a sample map, investigating the cause and consequence of increases in price of cotton clothing. Nadira’s mind map (imaged below) is included as the example for each of the worksheets and available to download and/or print as a hand-out (Page 2).

Let us know how you make out!

Welcome to the lab…

Social Alterations is a learning hub for responsible fashion. In the lab you’ll find lesson plans, activities, workshops, games, etc., all for… free! What’s the catch?

Well, if you want to learn with us, you’ve got to get serious about the social and ecological impacts of the fashion industry. Our education modules will do more than get you started, they’ll motivate you to inspire change.





 The #GET Stage

 The #MAKE Stage

 The #BUY Stage

The #TOSS Stage

Lesson 1:

Sifting Through the ‘Ecofashion’ Lexicon


Lesson 2:

Key Players

Lesson 3:

Global Governance and the Corporation

Lesson 4:

Corporate Social Responsibility


Fashion High:

Understanding the Impact of your Clothing

[Pre-16 Workshop]


Fibre Analysis:

Possible Social and Environmental Impacts

LEARN // Social Alterations Google Earth Module (SAGE) – #GET Station

Welcome to the #GET Station, the 1st stop along the SAGE journey!

Here, we fly into Uzbekistan to gain insight into key #GET themes:

#Corruption | #EnvironmentalSecurity | #ChildLabour | #HumanRights

Part 1: You’ll learn why United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the Aral Sea“one of the worst environmental disasters of the world.” (The United Nations)

Thanks to historic satellite imagery, we’ve created a ‘tour’ that will display changes in water volume over the last 40 years.

Part 2: You’ll learn why ‘back to school’ is code for ‘back to the cotton fields’ in Uzbekistan.

Like all SAGE stations, you’ll find photos, video, informational resources (below)

and learning activities, here.

Click here to download and launch the SAGE module in Google Earth


What is the SAGE module?

How do I use Google Earth?

Connect // Key Players Directory


Without a doubt, a key component of our SAGE module is the Key Players Map, by Maughan Pearce

There are countless key players working toward responsible fashion across global apparel supply chains. This ‘sampling’ of key players will help you understanding social, political, environmental and economic contexts. Click on a key player to reach out and connect!

Within the map, ‘Key Players’ are grouped by topic:

#CSR | #EducationalInitiatives | #Environment #HumanRights | #LabourRights#Research |  #ResponsibleFashionWeeks | #ResponsibleSourcing | #Students&Academics | #Unions

Click here to download and launch the SAGE module in Google Earth


What is the SAGE module?

How do I use Google Earth?

Key Players Map by Maughan Pearce for Social Alterations, is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


SAGE: The Social Alterations Google Earth Module

Welcome to SAGE, the Social Alterations Google Earth module!

Each station along the SAGE module represents a small window into the vast, diverse and interdisciplinary world of conventional global apparel supply chains by introducing learners (educators and independent learners alike) to an edited sampling of resources, including classroom-ready learning activities (worksheets, study guides, lesson plans, etc.).

Through SAGE, we’ve sought to harnesses interdisciplinary resources and facilitate responsible learning to strengthen industry capacity for research in responsible apparel.

The short introduction video (below) outlines what you can expect form the module; we’ve broken it down into four key stations:


Each key station comes equipped with placecards (so you’ll know where you are!), photos, videos, resources and learning activities – use the legend to guide you!

The SAGE Module was developed by Mary Hanlon, Nadira Lamrad and Maughan Pearce, with a big thank you to the team at Google Earth Outreach for their training and support.

Ready to get started? Happy learning, friends!

Click here to launch the SAGE module in Google Earth

WAIT! Not sure how Google Earth works?

1. If you’re new to Google Earth and you’re really not sure, click here: How do I use Google Earth?

1. If you’re ready to get started, click the link above to download the program file (this is a safe kmz file)

2. When the file opens in Google Earth, it will automatically be sent to your ‘Temporary Places.’ Expand the folder and ‘Save to My Places.’

3.  Before getting started, be sure to turn on/off  ‘Layers’ by de/selecting each box (but we recommend leaving 3D Buildings and Photos on, for fun.)

4. If you’d prefer not to use Google Earth to retrieve these resources, just select the stations from the left-hand rail.






SAGE, a Learning Resource by Mary Hanlon, Nadira Lamrad and Maughan Pearce, for Social Alterations, is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Fashion Futures 2025: Global scenarios for a sustainable fashion industry

New Resources for tutors and students!

What will the fashion industry be like in 2025? How might the role of the designer or consumer change? And what can we do now to shape our future?

Thinking about the future can be daunting because we are bound by what we know and what we have experienced, but it can also help us to see things from another perspective; to inspire debate and innovation. In response to this, Fashion Futures has designed four scenarios that help us to picture the future beyond our existing knowledge of the fashion industry. Each scenario is presented through a range of materials that are creative and thought provoking. Although the project has been available since 2010, a new set of educational resources has recently been added to support the use of these scenarios at the university level.

In my experience, sustainability can be off-putting to some tutors and students, especially when the issues appear to demonise fashion or where there is a negative focus. For others who are already engaged with these issues, social and environmental concerns can sometimes lead us to question why we are in fashion at all. This project opens up the sustainability debate by presenting it in a broader context, challenging preconceptions, and exploring opportunities. A highlight of this program is that it introduces ‘design thinking’ to a fashion audience. Design thinking involves taking a human centred, collaborative approach to complex design problems. Its methods include user-centred research, brainstorming and prototyping. With this practical framework, students are guided through a thinking process that addresses these ‘big’ issues in a positive and empowering way.

Fashion Futures 2025, is a good introduction to a wider debate on how we can redefine the fashion industry to better suit the needs of both people and planet. Information about this project, including the new materials for tutors and students, can be found on the Fashion Futures website.

Stay tuned for more on this project, as SA will be featuring this Forum for the Future resource in the SA Google Earth Module which will be released later this year.


Other Resources //

Ted Talk Tim brown urges designers to think big

Design thinking for social innovation By Tim Brown & Jocelyn Wyatt