"Participating in TEDWomen allows us to shine a bright light on talented artisan entrepreneurs all over the world," said Peggy Clark, Vice President of Policy Programs at the Aspen Institute and Director of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise. "Women make up over 80% of this industry, worth over $32 billion every year, but most people still do not recognize the full economic value of the artisan sector."
TEDWomen, with its audience of influential and thoughtful world leaders, is a natural place to showcase the impact of the global handcrafted marketplace. "The theme of this year's conference is 'It's About Time,'" said Pat Mitchell, TEDWomen co-curator and host and member of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise's Advisory Board. "I believe it's time for the world to really understand how beautiful and unique this work is, and how many people can be supported by investing in artisan enterprise."
Join the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise's efforts to recognize the value of artisan work. Use #ChooseArtisan hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the conversation, and learn more about the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise on the program's website (www.allianceforartisanenterprise.org). Please contact Gina Rogari for more information.
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.
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