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The Power of Artisan Made | 3 reasons why we should invest in the Artisan Economy

Elena Baxter

The Power of Artisan Made | 3 reasons why we should invest in the Artisan Economy

There isn’t an industry that hasn’t been bruised by the great novel pandemic, which blew in like a mighty wind and left us to pick up the pieces. As we begin to rise again, one can put great confidence in the ingenuity of humanity and within the hands of the creative communities and entrepreneurs. We can also look to a group of individuals that use their craft to bring the stories of their culture to life, while creating value and growth potential in the global economy: the Artisans. 

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The Freedom eCom Boutique is officially open for business!

Elena Baxter

The Freedom eCom Boutique is officially open for business!

We're thrilled to officially announce the Who They Are Freedom eCom Marketplace is now live! As a way to further support the anti-exploitation and human trafficking movement, we are providing consumers an opportunity to connect with and shop ethical, sustainable and freedom based brands that support people + planet. Consumers everywhere can shop consciously all in one place.

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Ethical and Freedom Fashion is the New NYFW

Elena Baxter

Ethical and Freedom Fashion is the New NYFW

It was only a few years ago we started seeing social enterprises hit the marketplace. Businesses supporting artisans, giving a percentage of proceeds to organizations, etc. Today, we are riding the tidal wave of ethical alternatives to consumerism. However, the models are yet to be perfected and entrepreneurs are working inline with the change to see if we can do this even better. After some research, and a rare opportunity to do some discovery in SouthEast Asia, I learned of a new model called, Freedom Business. A Freedom Business is a company whose number one goal is to use its profits to...

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These Five Great Men Will Inspire You to Join the Fight Against Exploitation + Human Trafficking

Elena Baxter

These Five Great Men Will Inspire You to Join the Fight Against Exploitation + Human Trafficking

My nightstand is made up of mound of old art and poetry books, classic novels (it’s unconventional but it works), and a 577 page biography of one of the most courageous men to ever live - William Wilberforce: The Life of a Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner. A pure abolitionist with rare conviction and fortitude to see the end of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. This carried him to his last breath. He valued human life and etched a legacy in our history. Today, his example is used as a tool to galvanize individuals to use their freedom and voices...

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Nomi Network Fashion Incubator + The Power of Entrepreneurship

Elena Baxter

Nomi Network Fashion Incubator + The Power of Entrepreneurship

(Nomi Network Class, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2019)    Phnom Penh, the busy capital city of Cambodia. The dusty streets are over populated, many live in poverty sustaining gender disparity and exploitation, one should always be in a state of alertness, and safety is a foreign concept. Most of Cambodia’s regression stems from the Khmer Rouge, the horrific genocide that took the lives of over 3 million innocent people and nearly wiping out their culture, just 40 years ago. Today, the small country is still experiencing the aftermath. However, if we can suspend our judgement momentarily and dig a little deeper, we...

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