Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Announcing our Monthly Fair Trade Blog Carnival!

Fair Trade. A movement unto itself, but certainly not restricted to those who are cognizant of the term. When we use the terminology restricted to the movement, we might be losing our appeal to the general population. As a rule, people are wary of Movements and Organizations that are rocking the boat – even ones that are changing the world for the better. What people embrace are opportunities to impact the lives of people with whom they can identify. Through Scarlet Threads it’s mothers on the other side of the world struggling to provide for their children.

It so easy to be swept into a movement, to rally around a cause and to still – deep down – feel nothing in your heart. (I often fall into this category.) The real people who make a difference are those with warm hearts who look past circumstances to see a person’s heart. It’s people who look past poverty and see a person.

Poverty is easy to see, and if it is all you see, you can’t fix it. People constantly tell me, “Well, I can’t solve world huger!” What does that mean, exactly? The problem is as simple as the statement. When all you see is a single task of great magnitude, you fail to see that you are perfectly capable of solving small problems in the lives of individuals who are lumped together as the collective whole known as “Extreme Poverty” or “World Hunger.”

We are so blessed at Scarlet Threads to be a part of the Fair Trade movement, but also to be supported and cared for by people who aren’t even familiar with the term. People who aren’t part of any “cause” per se, but are moved by the love in their hearts for “these, the least of their brethren.” I would say the majority of our friends are moved by an incredible love for the orphans of the world, and as we each have an orphan’s heart I find that they have a huge capacity to love the human family.

Over the past few months, I have gone on a quest to identify opportunities to grow Scarlet Threads and through that quest I became familiar with fair trade (which, I think should change its name to Social Capitalism) and found others on a similar quest. Eyaas and Seven Hopes United have both been so friendly and helpful, and we decided that three heads are better than one, and formed a “Fair Trade Alliance” with a travelling blog carnival. Essentially, we will create a monthly e-zine (blog carnival) with a series of links to articles about our fair trade escapades in hopes to increase our visibility on the web and continue networking with other organizations. I hope that you will take the time to thumb through the pages and visit the blogs of our big-hearted friends.

Pallavi, from Eyaas.com, submitted this article to our e-zine. She offers a unique perspective because she isn’t from “the West,” and so she counsels us not to judge economies of developing nations based on our own opinions and standards of poverty. She helps us understand that we need to ensure our fair trade plans contribute to the growth of local economies rather than raising the standard of living of a few lucky people.

Seven Hopes United, is introducing Eyaas, Scarlet Threads, and our Fair Trade Alliance to the world. Ashley, co-founder of Seven, sees a future in shining light on the social organizations of the world and working together to enhance our impact. She shows us all that with a little determination, you can change the lives of others without having to give up your own life!

On her honeymoon was born LeAnn’s love of travel and culture, and out of that love was born Crossing Borders Fair Trade. Her ideals have driven her to become an avid fair trade advocate and an e-tailer (retailer) of fair trade goods. Read her story here or visit her shop.

Feel free to add your own post about fair trade - anything goes: success stories, favorite shops, artisan groups...the world is your fair trade oyster.

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2 comments:

  1. Hi,

    Nice posting. Just going through the carnival posts. Getting to know you all though Pallavi...:)

    I like the idea of calling Fair Trade social capitalism instead. It might however turn some people off; those crazies who accuse the current American administration of being 'communist'and fear anything 'social' believing it might force them to give up some rights and support others... That being said, it's a great alternative to Fair Trade.

    best

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  2. HaHa Monika! Similar things could be said about those crazies who are fearful of "capitalism" and define proponents of that economic philosophy as "greedy" and "poverty perpetuating." :) Ah, the virtues of the middle of the road.

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