Every March OMHG explores ethics – from keeping our handmade community safe, reporting on the ethics of Pinterest, how to ethically pitch bloggers, the future of handmade, protecting your IP, fighting infringement, registering trademarks, and so much more in the archive. Since it is now Ethics Awareness Month and National Craft Month, for our 5th year we’re becoming ethical inquirers digging into the ethics of handmade and the creative community.
No communities, companies, or creative folk act with integrity 100% of the time. Regardless of the person, craft or industry, ethics are a practice that take constant work, learning, and peer accountability. Unlike lots of industries handmakers and creative entrepreneurs don’t have a set standard of ethics, conduct or accreditation, or any real method of reporting ethical problems. This has left us often taking matters into our own hands and making things public in blog posts and social media, privately trying to figure out the best options, or just keeping quiet. The trouble with this is unless people are willing and able to speak up together all sorts of things might be hiding in the dark. So put on your headlamps and bust out the magnifying glasses – ethics don’t need to lack compassion or be painfully boring – looking at the hard stuff means we love our community and want to keep us all accountable when we make choices that cause harm.
This month we’re inviting you to help us find, and shine a light on, the ethical trouble spots in our industry and community. Fill out this simple survey, share your thoughts, invite your creative comrades to join in and become ethical inquirers together!
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Thank you for being willing to dig into the tough stuff and be part of our 5th annual ethics exploration! Join our community for the head + heart + hands to support our work, join us every Thursday on Twitter to talk ethics with #OMHG or check back during March to read all our Ethics Explorers posts.
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