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Fair Trade Artisans

WHEN BAD IS GOOD ... POSSIBLE?

There’s a Taoist story of an old farmer whose horse inexplicably ran away. His neighbours said, “What bad luck!” to which he replied, “Perhaps.”

The next day, the horse returned, bringing with it a wild horse. The farmer’s...

Fair Trade Business

HOW WELL DO YOU COPE WITH CHANGE?

As Fair Trade Businesses, we're all about changing stuff - right? We're keen to effect change, but how well do we embrace it both in business and life? All change carries a risk of the unknown and the unexpected. Some find this exciting and welcome the challenge. Others go down the path of change reluctantly, dragging their heels all the way.

Fair Trade Fans

TOP 10 POWERFUL QUESTIONS FOR CHANGE

Good questions yield much treasure: solid plans, strong relationships, high morale and improved performance are all byproducts of great questions. They are also the fuel that pushes our Fair Trade agenda forward, increasing awareness and understanding at every turn.

These questions below will help spark those Fair Trade AHA! moments. Ask them without leading, prompting or interrupting, and suspend any assumptions. Then, be sure to LISTEN...

Charlottesville ?

August 14, 2017

Being a Brit here in the US I'm embarrassed to say I'd never read the full Declaration of Independence, until today. Trying to make cohesive thoughts from this current mess of injustice and emotion in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA took me there.

Those brave ones standing against the many horrors listed in that historical document make me pause, make me reflect on what caused those profound words, "... all men are created equal ..." to be written.

Observation

And I'm intrigued:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident,...

For all you amazing Fair Trade artisans out there looking for ways to generate more work, and therefore more income and security, for yourself and your family ... just stop a minute!

The Fair Trade wisdom for many years has been to craft the beautiful materials and time-honoured traditions of your region into goods that can sell in countries not your own. And certainly that is still a very effective way of generating larger orders.

However, our world is changing in a way that opens up new opportunities for Fair Trade artisans and farmers to generate more work locally - which for most of us is great news!

It's no secret that global tourism is on the rise. Read this quote from respected site, Statista:

Dipping...

How many tourist spots are there in your local area? Or places that host events, clubs that gather or even like-minded businesses looking for ethical alternatives to use for marketing?

Likely at least a handful once you start looking around; maybe you're already part of an established local network.

Custom Made & Fair Trade

Did you know that at Motif we make custom souvenirs for museums, cathedrals and other types of tourist spots? For all kinds of exhibitions and events too!

So, in a shameless act of self promotion, I'm inviting you to be in touch with us at Motif so we can see together how to move Fair Trade forward in your community, add to your reputation and your bottom line.

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