Pete Raho, founder and owner of Gowanus Furniture Co., will be speaking at the TEDxGowanus event, held on January 26, 2014.
The talk will be all about creating great products on a small scale, and how we can use that model to expand urban manufacturing in the 21st century.
Around the world people now think "Brooklyn" and they think it's all birds and mustaches. That's not what we're talking about.
That's not going to last.
Cities are engines of creativity that attract the best and the brightest, and manufacturing sectors have a multiplier effect on an urban economy. Let's put that creative energy toward making exceptional (and profitable!) products that are influenced by the city in which they're made.
Old-school high-volume manufacturing in cities is dead, but that doesn't' mean we should turn every old factory into another luxury condo. Please. Keep the space for manufacturing - and lots of it - but on a smaller scale.
UPDATE - 2/20/14 - The talk is now live.