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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. 

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Global Campaign


Around the world, artisan enterprises are undervalued and under-resourced. Join the Artisan Alliance community and spread awareness about the economic and social value of the artisan sector in the Global Campaign for Artisan Enterprise:


The #ChooseArtisan campaign has reached millions of people around the world, engaging influencers from Kiva and Jacqueline Novogratz to Refinery29 and Sophia Bush. Between November 2015 and February 2016, #ChooseArtisan was used in over 3,000 social posts, reaching over 35 million people. Consumers, designers, innovators, and artisans are invited to join the movement. Artisan work creates sustainable livelihoods for millions of people around the world, sustains age-old traditions, and preserves cultural heritage. Why do you #ChooseArtisan? 


Joining the Global Campaign for Artisan Enterprise is easy: spread the word! Use #ChooseArtisan on your social media channels, follow the Artisan Alliance on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and stay in touch! Together, we can shine a bright light on the value of the artisan sector. 

Learn more about the campaign: 



Artisan Enterprise: The New Startup Economy