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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. 


Artisan Alliance

2017 tedwomen global showcase

Building Livelihoods for Refugee Women

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise is thrilled to announce the second-ever Global Showcase at the 2017 TEDWomen conference, November 1-3 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2016, the Alliance featured 12 extraordinary artisan businesses in the inaugural Showcase. Together, these women employ over 6,300 artisans, support tens of thousands of family members, and have rediscovered hundreds of ancient techniques across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. 

This year, the Alliance is reinventing the Global Showcase, highlighting 11 artisan enterprises that provide vulnerable refugee populations with sustainable livelihoods. Join us as we celebrate the skills and stories of refugee artisans in an immersive learning experience, re-examining entrepreneurship on a global scale. Learn more about this year's participants. 

Get involved!

  1. Support our Artisan Scholarship program; contact for additional information
  2. Register to attend the 2017 TEDWomen conference
  3. Become a member of the Alliance network of 130+ artisan businesses, non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and others
  4. Join the Global Campaign for Artisan Enterprise - use #ChooseArtisan on social media in your efforts to spread awareness about the value of the global artisan sector

Cover image by Indego Africa