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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 


Unlocking Artisan Economic Development: How to Increase Value to Support Small-Scale Producers

Gina Rogari

April 13-15, 2016, nearly 1,000 leaders from over 60 countries descended upon Oxford's Said Business School for the Skoll World Forum. The annual gathering of thought leaders pushes the boundaries on global innovation and social change. 

This year, Forum topics ranged from immersive storytelling and moral decision-making to social ROI for small-scale agriculture. Alliance director Peggy Clark hosted a delegate-led discussion on the artisan economy entitled Unlocking Artisan Economic Development: How to Increase Value to Support Small-Scale Producers. She was joined by Alliance members Heshima Kenya, Mela Artisans, and Coca-Cola to share stories, challenges, and opportunities in the artisan sector across the supply chain. They explored entrepreneurial approaches to artisan financing, the value of partnerships, and more. 

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise believes collaboration and shared learnings foster increased awareness and economic progress for artisans around the world. Join our community and #ChooseArtisan to tell the world the artisan sector matters.  

Watch highlights from the Skoll Foundation, and stay involved with #skollwf until next year's Forum!