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Thursday, September 13 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Monmade: How Craft Businesses Tackled Declare
Track: Social Equity + Supply Chains

Through its Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, ILFI teamed up with Bridgeway Capital to educate producers of the Monmade collaborative about ingredient transparency and support four makers to achieve a Declare label. This session will start with an overview of Monmade and the work it is doing in the region to encourage the growth of craft manufacturing. The speakers will then review the Declare platform through the lens of a craft business to understand the unique challenges, the business impacts, and the ability to fit within the LBC (specifically Red List and Living Economy Sourcing). It will be geared towards small manufacturers considering Declare, as well as project teams that want to ensure equitable opportunity for manufacturers of all sizes.

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Jason Forck

Education & Creative Projects Manager, Pittsburgh Glass Center
Jason Forck is a glass artist and designer working out of the Pittsburgh Glass Center inPittsburgh, PA. His recently designed collection of tableware created in Pittsburgh has been featured at the NYNOW expo in New York City, NY.He has exhibited previously in Chicago, Kansas City... Read More →
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Benson Gabler

Pittsburgh Living Product Hub Director, International Living Future Institute
Benson manages the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, which ILFI launched in April 2017 to support the region’s growth of green manufacturing and regenerative product design. A Pittsburgh native, Benson is excited to build ILFI’s presence in the region and work with local manufacturers... Read More →
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Adam Kenney

Director of the Craft Business Accelerator, Bridgeway Capital
Adam brings a comprehensive nonprofit administration skill set to his role at Bridgeway Capital. His previous position was as the Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts where he managed a wide range of activities including marketing, development, and program design. Adam... Read More →
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Nicholas Volpe

Owner/Designer, Temper and Grit
Nicholas Volpe grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, studied Sculpture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts. After moving to Pittsburgh in 2014, he started Temper and Grit: an industrial design studio that focuses on its clients’ aesthetic... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 326 David L. Lawrence Convention Center