Design for Good

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

 

Work with artisans to design jewellery and create a marketable business campaign.

In this eye-opening course run in the heart of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Skillseed takes participants behind the scenes in a retail social enterprise's jewellery production process, where they will receive the opportunity to work hand in hand with local artisans to bring their designs to life! They will also get a chance to market their designs back home. 

This course runs in JUNE, JULY, NOVEMBER and DECEMBER.

 

In Design for Good, students learn how design can make an impact. Working with Cambodian artisans from Saught, students transform deactivated artillery shells into beautiful pieces of jewellery symbolising hope and peace. Students participate in the entire production process, from idea conception to sales. In this course, students have the opportunity to:

  • Work side-by-side Saught artisans in the jewellery design process, to bring their designs to life
  • Pitch their designs to a board of advisers
  • Design a marketing campaign for their collections
  • Engage with social enterprises from a variety of sectors including one of the top 100 NGOs in the world. Be inspired by the creativity, heart and passion of men and women who are changing the world one sale at a time
  • Visit historic sights and museums to learn about Cambodia's war-torn past
  • Immerse themselves in the delicious local food, bustling markets, and Royal palace of Phnom Penh

Saught may even include the winning team’s designs in their collection!

For maximum impact, students will receive pre-trip guidance on jewellery design and start brainstorming on possible designs up to 5 weeks before the start of the course and submit initial proposals before the course starts. Students MUST be committed to submitting this initial proposal so that the course can be completed within the 8 days in Cambodia.

 

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Information on course fees are available through partner schools.

One of our participants' designs

One of our participants' designs

Fees typically include the following:

  • Accommodation & meals (we pick socially/ environmentally responsible choices!)
  • Transport (including flights and airport transfers)
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Course materials
  • Insurance cover
  • Engaging experts & 24/7 experienced facilitators
  • Contribution to beneficiaries

Your investment in our courses also enables Skillseed to further our social mission by empowering the local community through employment or job creation. It also goes towards course development (we do intensive consultations with key organisations and conduct project site visits!) and provides opportunities for course alumni to further develop their skills and passions with us or our partner organisations

 

This course is suitable for students interested in design, business, and entrepreneurship.

Participants should be at least 15 years of age, healthy and fluent in English.
They cannot have any peanut or seafood (especially fish sauce) allergies or strict vegan diet requirements.

This course is competitive, and a maximum of 12 participants will be selected for each trip.

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We will let you know if we gather enough participants to run the course.

 

On Participants

In the June 2015 iteration of Design for Good, 100% of the designs produced by the participants were produced by Saught as part of our school partner's alumni gift catalogue. Check out how participants described their experiences in their own words:

"THIS EXPERIENCE GAVE ME A CLEARER IDEA OF WHAT IT TAKES TO BE IN THIS LINE OF 'INDUSTRY' AS WELL AS WHAT A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE STEPS I WOULD HAVE TO TAKE TO GET THERE.  I FELT THAT THIS TRIP REALLY "RE-FUELED" MY PASSION AS WELL AS DRIVE TO BECOME SOMEONE WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOCIETY IN THE FUTURE.”


100% of participants agreed that they

  • developed a greater sense of social responsibility

  • became more appreciative of cultural differences

  • learned/benefited from our community partners as much as community partners learned/benefited from them


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On our Community Partner

In the pilot run of Design for Good in November 2014, participants collectively raised S$5985.46 through the marketing and sales campaign conducted post-trip, and contributed 2 collections Dive and Gingko 银杏 - (see below!) to Saught's permanent catalogue:

The total amount raised through the sale campaign on Haystakt went towards supporting the livelihoods of 7 of Saught's Cambodian artisans for 2 months - this includes salaries, housing allowances (to allow some of the artisans to move out of the slums into better housing), life skills training and more!

Stay tuned for more updates - we are still in the midst of assessing the impact of the June 2015 project!

DESIGN FOR GOOD 2015: OUR PARTICIPANTS' JOURNEY!

VIDEO OF THE JOURNEY

As part of our Design for Good course this June, 12 budding designers from Methodist Girls' School worked with our community partner Saught in our 'Design for Good' course in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to transform deactivated artillery shells into jewellery embodying hope, peace and dreams for the MGS community.

Our participant working with a Saught artisan

Our participant working with a Saught artisan