The above statement by Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson has been at the center of discussion since it was announced a few months ago that Etsy would be changing its guidelines and its internal (and hence site wide) definition of what constitutes ‘handmade’. As I mentioned in my last #DesignRespect post, this change is worrisome to me, especially when I think of how it will affect individual makers. Well, it seems that I’m not the only one who felt some reservations. Zibbet.com has emerged as a viable alternative to Etsy with one very clear mandate: full support for individual makers.
I am happy to inform you that Zibbet informed me that they’ve designed a new initiative to help support and promote individual makers. It’s called IPledgehandmade. With that in mind, your LAB Assignment is a pretty simple one: please go over to IPledgehandmade and take the pledge. Share it with every individual maker you know. It’s a small start but one that I believe needs to grow and be spread.