Below is a note from Etsy on the upcoming conference presented in partnership with Pratt Institute.
At Etsy, we believe that we are not only empowering small businesses and changing the way commerce happens globally, but that we also have a responsibility to propagate world-changing ideas and to help people improve society — as individuals, and as a community.
Two years ago, we created Hello Etsy, an annual conference of creativity and ideas, that celebrates this responsibility by furthering the success of the brilliant thinkers and creative entrepreneurs.
This year, we are bringing Hello Etsy back to our birthplace, Brooklyn, New York. After becoming a Certified B Corporation™ last year, we realized that we can’t improve our environmental and social impact in isolation — we need to incorporate our peers, our colleagues, and all community members in a joint transformation of the way business is done.
We want Hello Etsy to act as a megaphone for the work we are all doing to reimagine commerce. We are starting this journey with our own practices at Etsy and want to invite other businesses, large and small, to join us.
Please join us March 22-24, 2013 for Hello Etsy at Pratt: Reimagine the Marketplace.
We are thrilled to be partnering with Pratt Institute, an educational institution that is still inspiring innovation, idea generation, and entrepreneurship after 150 years.
Taking place on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus, the event aims to empower independent, creative business owners (and those who soon will be) to explore new methods of production, new patterns of consumption, and more lasting and purposeful ways of working. It’s about building the creative economy of the future — one that is connected, human-scaled, joyful, and lasting.
The gathering will address the future of currency, alternative approaches to work, and new approaches to business that renew our communities, our planet and our lives. We hope to show that business does not have to be brutal to be successful and fulfilling.
Appealing to thinkers and doers alike, Hello Etsy at Pratt will include high profile speakers like Jeremy Rifkin, Robin Chase, Chris Anderson, Stewart Wallis, Laurie Santos, Rachel Chong, Alex Blumberg, Rasanath Das, Michelle Long, Charles Eisenstein, Majora Carter, Michael Carroll, Dr. Thomas Schutte, and Chad Dickerson, as well as workshops that will offer entirely unique experiences in an atmosphere of inspired thinking.
Unlike most conferences, this is not a money-making undertaking or an event for marketing people to drum up new business. Tickets are an affordable $85 for the weekend and are extremely limited.
Join the movement and become inspired!