Colleen & Maggie Clines were honored to share Anchal’s mission and business model with the Fair Trade Federation community as Plenary Speakers at its Annual Conference in Louisville. As proud members of FTF since 2014, Anchal values the organization’s commitment to fair trade practices for artisans around the world and its long history as a leader in the movement.
As relatively new initiates and great admirers of other influential members, we were humbled by the invitation to speak about how we view innovation inside of the artisan market. The presentation focused on how Colleen and Maggie altered the traditional design thinking process to create a continuous cycle for innovation. Driven by empathy at its core, this process challenges the team to innovate and improve the systems of their program on a daily basis. At Anchal, design is our passion, and using design to change lives has become our purpose.
The speech was well received, so much so that we were asked to give it again at the NY NOW trade show in August and the FTF leadership team will introduce it to their Board. Anchal also welcomed the Fair Trade Federation community into their new space during a tour of the Portland neighborhood where they visited Heine Brothers Coffee & Anchal Headquarters.