AN INTRODUCTION TO THE VISON OF SLOYDWEAR

  

SLOYDWEAR + KAIZEN  = COMMUNITY

  Kaizen is a concept referring to business activities that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers. 

  Kaizen (改善)(かいぜん)is the Sino-Japanese word for "improvement". Kaizen also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics, that cross organizational boundaries into the supply chain.

  Sloyd (Swedish Slöjd), also known as Educational sloyd, is a system of handicraft-based education started by Uno Cygnaeus in Finland in 1865. The system was further refined and promoted worldwide, and was taught in the United States until the early 20th Century. It is still taught as a compulsory subject in Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian schools.

 Community is a social unit (a group of living things) with commonality such as normsreligionvaluescustoms, or identityCommunities may share a sense of place situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighborhood) or in virtual space through communication platforms. 

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  As a Manufacturing Engineering Technologist, with over 20 years of hands on operations management and continuous improvement experience, Kaizen was one of the first and most important business fundamentals I've learnt and practice daily in all aspects of life. 

  Kaizen is integral to the Sloyd community, and ties so closely with the early concepts developed by Uno Cygnaeus and Otto Solomon.

"Working with your hands makes you smarter", and many other catch phrases embody both Kaizen and Sloyd, and in continually improving ones self and ones community we can all thrive and grow together. 

 While you can't carry your axe or tool roll everywhere with you, you can wear Sloydwear apparel that communicates to the world your interests and values and this can help build a community.

Paul Oak