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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.

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Mara Hoffman
Founder and Creative Director, Mara Hoffman


Featured Experts

Natalie Chanin
Owner and Designer of Alabama Chanin

Annie Griffiths
Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Image

Antione Heuty
CEO of Ulula

Yash Ranga
Sustainability Lead at Jaipur Living

Althea Erickson
Head of Advocacy and Impact at Etsy

Tina Robinson
Director of Fabric Research and Development at Oscar de la Renta

Lisa R. Jackson, Ph.D
Managing Partner at Imago Dei Fund

Peter Malachi
SVP of Communications at Hermes of Paris

Celine Vogt
Strategic Relationships Manager at Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship

Leonardo Bonanni
Founder & CEO of Sourcemap

Nidhi Garg Allen
Founder & CEO of Marasim

Dan Driscoll
Founder of The Anou

Past Convening Highlights

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.