Georgetown University Adjunct Professor Iain Guest, the Founder and Executive Director of The Advocacy Project based in Washington, D.C., explained to the audience at NEQM how his organization is working to inspire social change through quilting. Exhibits of these quilts have been staged at the United Nations in New York City and in Geneva. His group hopes to influence government agencies and financial institutions, but also inspire individuals to react and get involved.
Rhode Island quilter Allison Wilbur was also on hand to clarify how fiber and thread are universal, thus making it understandable to those in power and also accessible to those marginalized. Wilbur will be a Brown Bag guest speaker on April 2, 2015, to discuss charity quilting in the U.S. For more information about these organizations and their volunteer needs, visit http://www.advocacynet.org or http://quiltforchange.org/