New Handworker Economy Convening & Dinner
December 5, 2019 I New York, New York
Handwork Rebooted: addressing technology’s role in building a connected, transparent, globalized handworker economy
Convening and Dinner
The notorious debate, technology: boon or bane?, gets a reboot at Nest’s 2019 convening, as partners and friends gather to explore technology’s role in building a connected, transparent, globalized handworker economy. Through a series of panels, workshops, and art installations, we will uncover the ways that humans can work in consort with new platforms like social media, machine learning, and blockchain to stimulate both supply and demand for handmade products while illuminating the handworker population with greater clarity than ever.
The Convening will be immediately followed by Nest’s Annual Artisan Impact Dinner, featuring a showcase of embroidered artwork incorporating upcylced Swarovski crystals created and stitched by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design’s Stitch-at-Home Challenge: Talisman participants.Get Tickets
Founder and Creative Director, Mara Hoffman
Owner and Designer of Alabama Chanin
Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Image
CEO of Ulula
Sustainability Lead at Jaipur Living
Head of Advocacy and Impact at Etsy
Director of Fabric Research and Development at Oscar de la Renta
Lisa R. Jackson, Ph.D
Managing Partner at Imago Dei Fund
SVP of Communications at Hermes of Paris
Strategic Relationships Manager at Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship
Founder & CEO of Sourcemap
Nidhi Garg Allen
Founder & CEO of Marasim
Founder of The Anou
Past Convening Highlights
“At Nest’s third annual Artisan Leadership Summit last Thursday at the United Nations, panel topics ranged from wastewater management to the media’s role in affecting change and, most significantly, the new handworker economy. Consider it an old-school solution for a very new-world dilemma. Sustaining and empowering the handworker—for instance, an embroiderer in India or a tie-dyer in Kenya—can address environmental issues as well as economic, social, and gender-equality issues.”Vogue
“Returning fashion luxury to its artisan roots was one of the key themes during a panel session at nonprofit Nest’s Third Annual Handworker Leadership Summit last week at the United Nations. During “Fashion’s New Value System: Redefining Luxury Through the Lenses of Craftsmanship and Authenticity,” panelists offered insights on the evolution of craftsmanship in the luxury sector. The panel was moderated by Steven Kolb, the president and chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and included Simone Cipriani, the head and founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, and Burak Cakmak, the dean of fashion at The New School’s Parsons School of Design.”WWD
“Sara Otto, the director of artisan compliance and programming at Nest, said the “improper treatment of wastewater from apparel and home goods production has long been a social and environmental issue globally.” Otto continued, “There still remains a gap in creating effective and relevant solutions for artisan businesses,” and that for artisans seeking wastewater solutions, “the collaboration between artisan businesses and brands is absolutely necessary.””WWD
2018 Discussion Topics
The Modern Cottage Industry I How is technology playing an unprecedented role in building new webs of connectivity across a dispersed workforce; how can its economic potential be harnessed to bring isolated workers into the mainstream economy; and how can technology improve production efficiency and product quality across decentralized supply chains?
Restructuring the Artisan Market I Exploring innovative new selling platforms that are democratizing the selling process, unlocking new opportunities for artisans while bringing more diversified product offerings to brands and consumers.
Visualizing Handworkers I Exploring ways that technology can be implemented to fill handwork’s gaping data vacuum to put numbers behind the social and economic potential of the craft-based economy.
Hand vs. Machine, Defining Artisan I Isolating the key ingredients of artisanal craftsmanship, determining what level of technological integration is permissible before an item crosses from craft into another category.
Interested in sponsoring Nest’s 2019 New Handworker Economy Convening?
Email Nest’s Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer, Ashia Sheikh Dearwester, at [email protected] to inquire about partnership opportunities.