On September 17 and 18, 2011, Etsy will be holding its first ever conference. Taking place in Berlin, Germany, Hello Etsy: A Summit on Small Business and Sustainability is a hands-on gathering for small business owners who want to connect with their peers, learn the skills to find success and independence, and be part of the movement to build human-scale economies.
Decades of an unyielding focus on economic growth and a corporate mentality has left us ever more disconnected with nature, our communities, and the people and processes behind the objects in our lives.
We think this is unethical, unsustainable, and unfun.
However, with the rise of small businesses around the world we feel hope and see real opportunities: Opportunities for us to measure success in new ways… to build local, living economies, and most importantly, to help create a more permanent future.
Join us, and learn the skills to help you succeed with your small business and hear the words that will inspire you do so.
Will the conference be in German?
No, this is an international event, and all sessions will be held in English and relevant to small businesses around the world.
What will it cost to attend?
Tickets are an affordable 85 Euros for the weekend. Unlike most conferences, this is not a money making undertaking or an event for marketing people to drum up new business for their corporate employers. Hello Etsy is a gathering for individuals, most of whom are working out of their homes.
Are things only happening in Germany?
We know many of you will not be able to make it to Berlin. Therefore, we will be hosting satellite events in cities around the world. Most keynote sessions will also be broadcast via the web, and downloadable workshop guides will be available.
Where is it being held exactly?
Hello Etsy will take place at ewerk, Germany’s oldest preserved commercial power plant. Built in 1885, the ewerk has witnessed Berlin’s constantly evolving history, surviving two world wars, communist rule, and the rise of capitalism. It’s located in the heart of Berlin and is easily accessible by public transportation.
Sounds amazing! Where do I buy my ticket?
Tickets are now available, please visit helloetsy.com.