We are fortunate to be working with an exceptional group of partners to amplify the opportunities craftsmanship can afford our youth by providing sustainable, productive, and engaging work.
Our Towns Civic Foundation, founded by James and Deborah Fallows, is dedicated to furthering American economic revival efforts at a local, community level. Based on their bestselling book, “Our Towns: a 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America” (and HBO documentary of the same name), the foundation publishes stories of local innovators; promotes connections among like-minded people around the country; and encourages new journalistic models to cover local stories and their implications.
Convened by Bloomberg and New America, Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, studies the future of work. Shift's Executive Director, Kristin Sharp, is a Guest Editor on our series "Craftsmanship and The Future of Work." Sharp co-authored our debut article, "The Workforce Dilemma."
For over 20 years, Big Picture Learning has worked to put students at the center of their own learning. Today, hundreds of BPL network schools in the United States, and abroad, work together and in their communities to reimagine and reshape education.
The Crucible, an arts education organization based in Oakland, Calif., encourages the collaboration of arts, industry, and community. Through training people in both fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public in the Bay Area.
Fibershed develops regional and regenerative clothing fiber systems on behalf of independent working producers. Its broader goal is to expand opportunities for carbon farming, form catalytic foundations to rebuild regional manufacturing, and connect end-users to farms and ranches through public education.