In 2009, Graduate student Niki Banados participated in a collaboration between the Hand Up Mentor Program and the University of NSW Art & Design Sydney. She was asked to design an “ordinary product with an extraordinary message” inspired by the influential Hands That Shape Humanity participants. The S.E.A.T Project was born, a sustainable stool made in a sustainable bamboo factory in Vietnam, providing the community with a sound economic opportunity which greatly benefits women and children.
Demonstrating an extraordinary butterfly effect, S.E.A.T Project forms the basis of a trans-disciplinary education program for primary school children that is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. From a simple but ambitious idea nurtured in a classroom, the S.E.A.T initiative has grown into a project reaching far and wide.