Making Over Manufacturing: From Mechanization to Makers’ Spaces (Part 2)

Making over manufacturing: from mechanization to makers’ spaces;
A modern day Renaissance Part 2

By Brett Marlo DeSantis

Is the Maker movement the versatile response to the industrialist revolution we are in search of; innovation in our backyards?

Yes! Maker culture is diverse, equitable and accessible culture. Generations thrive by working together. Resourcefulness and sharing   are encouraged. Individuality is cherished. Where the Industrial revolution allowed for, if not created, unskilled machine operators, the  makers’ movement embraces our ability to create and gives us the tools to hone our skill sets.

Watch out brand-name products and big box stores! You can now find makerspaces popping up in our cities via collaboratives, public libraries and schools. You can create, become self-sufficient and make your own products with little or no technology all the way to mastering
3D printing and 3D carving techniques.

According to pioneer Mark Hatch, the maker movement manifesto goes something like this:
MAKE- fundamental to what it means to be human.
SHARE- method by which wholeness is achieved.
GIVE- selfless and satisfying sharing of oneself through making.
LEARN- you must learn to make.
TOOL UP- access to the right tools locally.
PLAY- be playful!
PARTICIPATE- engage with other makers in your community.
SUPPORT- the best hope for improving the world is us.
CHANGE- enjoy the journey; embrace change in yourself.

Through makers’ innovations we are changing the way we work, learn and consume. How does the maker movement prove to be revolutionary?

Will it spur small business and local commerce? Will traditional forms of employment adapt to a project-based culture? Will new forms of funding support this emerging marketplace and evolving consumer expectations?

Yes! There are definitive impacts of the maker movement already taking place.

According to the Deloitte Center, we now racing with the machine, harnessing the power of the machine to unleash and amplify our creative energies. Over the past decade and a half, we’ve embraced the digital frontier via social media, new business and institutional models evolving to fit this new digital world. This new frontier of physical making is enabled and enhanced by the technology that allows individuals everywhere to connect to the same resources and use the same tools.

The maker movement adheres to practice versus theory forms of learning. It is evident in STEAM-based schooling (Science, technology, engineering, art and math.) This movement provides for holistic learning rather than rigid theory with enrichment as a secondary method. Collaboration, mentoring and reverse mentoring are the cornerstones of this movement.

Here are some of the themes of the products that emerge forms these maker communities: Personalization, diversity, local culture, sustainable food and building, engaging all and encouraging local commerce through regionalism, entrepreneurial activity and resourcefulness.

Want a glimpse of the future? Check out, hang out and chat with our local enthusiasts, creators and professionals. At the heart of this movement is helping locals connect to develop deeper more meaningful relationships with each other through the process of creation together. Perhaps you’ll even find the maker in you!