January 18, 2018

FAIR Lab: working for real Italian companies

The Fair Lab approach provides students with knowledge and tools to study, analyze and develop responsible projects for third parties – businesses and organizations – while in Florence.

The Fair Lab model is organized in the following way:

  1. First part: Classes explore the challenges of sustainability and the responses of leading organizations (Lecture style, 15h).
  2. Second part: Students develop their projects with host organizations (Project style, 30h work in class).
  3. Third part: Students present their project to local partners.
  4. Outcome: Specific Projects for local organizations supported by lectures, seminars, cases, and visits.
In more details:
1) An overview of general concepts and tools delivered as a general introductory material (15h; 1 of 3 credits).

Topics (example of)

  • The Business Case for Sustainability
  • Sustainability Management System Schemes
  • Communication & Stakeholder Engagement
2) Developing the project (30h; 2 of 3 credits)
  • 1 team project on the sustainability challenges of local organizations
  • Approximately 3-5 students per team
  • Hosts and teams negotiate project scope, schedule, and deliverables
  • Teams work remotely with organizations; Mentors coach the teams
3) Presentation and Deliverables
  • Written analysis for host
  • Presentation to class and host
  • Poster presentation to the local community at the end of the experience
4) Courses

While in Florence, students can tailor their experience to fit their educational goals by taking other courses for 3 (45h) or 6 (90h) credits (example of) in our areas of specialization. Examples of courses in English:

  • Brand Communication and Sustainability
  • Media Relations and Journalism in the age of Citizenship
  • Responsible Tourism and new business models
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Social Business and innovation in Italy
  • Arts, Media and Technology for sustainability

Learning outcomes

  • Know & Experience Innovative standards for organizations
  • Practical activities and new tools to support your sustainability journey
  • Understand the business case for sustainable initiatives
  • Understand the relevance of impact, scale, networks and cooperation
  • Compare and use international and Italian frameworks to implement sustainability