Nest’s Research and Advocacy initiatives aim to bring industry and public awareness to the often overlooked and under-represented handworker sector.
Fueled by a human-centric approach that places beneficiaries at the heart of our research design and methodology, we are committed to amplifying data-driven advocacy and thought leadership through strategic partnerships with industry leaders, academia, and other NGOs.
From thought leadership pieces to concise research briefs and full reports, Nest’s publications investigate research topics that are timely and important to the sector and aim to synthesize results in a way that can be conveyed with ease to any audience.
Despite contributing more than $14 billion to the domestic economy in 2021 alone, little has been known about maker entrepreneurs and the US maker sector—until now.
Made possible by the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and data contributions from a number of industry partners, Nest’s latest State of the Handworker Economy (SHE) Report explores the US maker economy and creates a first-of-its-kind benchmark from which we can begin to measure the size and value of this important sector, as well as its challenges and opportunities for growth.
Photo courtesy of Tasha Throws Raw | Sacramento, CAGet the Report
Research Brief: Shared Prosperity Study in Gee's Bend
Issued March 11, 2022
Study: In the Interest of the Child? Child Rights and Homeworkers in Textile and Handicraft Supply Chains in Asia
Issued May 2019
State of the Handworker Economy Report: 1st Edition
Issued May 2018
Nest Makers United Handwork Landscape Reports
Chicago Handwork Landscape Report
Issued December 2022
Houston Handwork Landscape Report
Issued April 2022
Puerto Rico Handwork Landscape Report
Issued February 2021
St. Louis Handwork Landscape Report
Issued January 2021
NYC Garment District Handwork Landscape Report
Issued December 2020
Detroit Handwork Landscape Report
Issued October 2020
Austin and San Antonio Handwork Landscape Report
Issued September 2020
Birmingham Handwork Landscape Report
Issued September 2019