Panelist on “Unite for a Positive Change” Panel

I read from my poem “Delicate Cycles” and from my recent research with Debora Florio about workers and alternative brands in the Florence-Prato fashion industry at “Unite for a Positive Change,” a panel discussion about how education, advocacy and collaboration can drive change in the fashion industry, organized by Debora Florio, the Italian Community Organizer for Remake and owner-director of Bio Fashion Lab

Time: 6 p.m. Central European Standard Time (Italy), 11 a.m. Central Standard Time (Minnesota)

Location: Bio Fashion Lab, Via Alfonso La Marmora 25A, Firenze and virtually on Zoom

Panelists included:

Michelle Gabriel, representative of Fashion Revolution U.S.A., is an educator, researcher, social impact and fashion sustainability strategist who speaks widely about the systems, strategies, policies and laws needed to establish widespread sustainable practices in the fashion industry.

Samuel Oteng is the Community Engagement Director of The Or Foundation, which works at the intersection of environmental justice, education and fashion development

a representative of Whispr 2030, an activist fashion brand based in Rome, Italy, that designs, produces and distributes artisanal and sustainable knitwear of the highest quality in order to spread awareness of gender inequality

a representative of Eltouch, curators of handmade clothes from Iranian women designers and the stories they carry

Alison Morse, poet, writer, teacher and advocate for a sustainable, ethical fashion industry