Nest’s Professional Fellowship Program is designed to bridge the skills and education gap between artisans in emerging economies and professionals with the power to transfer their knowledge to handworkers who need it most.
Bringing Innovation to Handwork
Through cross-cultural exchange and pro bono consulting across need areas like design elevation, quality control systems, and business planning, Nest seeks to re-energize the global craft sector, generating increased economic inclusivity and opportunity.
Whether working hand-in-hand with artisans via onsite mentorship projects across the globe, or leveraging technology like Skype and WhatsApp to work with artisans straight from the company conference room, Nest Professional Fellows are bringing targeted, high-impact, and scalable consulting to an ever-growing handworker population.
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In Their Words
“I really feel like my very wide retail and customer experience is something important here. The best part has been establishing a relationship with Laddy, the store coordinator. Without my having any Spanish language skills, we were able to communicate; and whatever improvements I have suggested, she has accepted openly.”
Magda Tomaszewksi, Kering
“The Meso Goods artisans welcomed us into their homes and workshops, and we were able to collaborate with them for a purpose greater than the average travel portrait. It was a wonderful feeling, not only to be able to capture some beautiful images, but to know that these images would tell the wider story of their astonishing skill and deep cultural heritage, and through that legacy, illustrate the value of these one-of-a-kind pieces.”
Tai Power Seef, Professional Photographer
Although I thought I was simplifying their original designs, the weavers initially felt like they were more complex! It was important for me as a designer to understand their weaving process and to collaborate to achieve the result I wanted. While my designs were a departure from what the artisans were used to, we needed each other to strategize for success.
Jennie Lyutskanov, Womenswear Designer
Nest’s Employee Engagement Program is a type of fellowship program offered to corporations and foundations seeking to engage employees in delivering meaningful skill based mentorship to artisan entrepreneurs. Companies may host problem-solving sessions or artisan product feedback focus groups in their own headquarters via workshops facilitated by Nest employees, or artisans may travel to a corporation’s headquarters for immersive learning experiences that function as multi-day educational summits on business practice areas. Corporations may also offer employees paid leave days to visit artisans for immersive onsite experiences mentoring artisans hand-in-hand.