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Impact of the Maker Movement

What is it and why should you care?

We are on the cusp of a great opportunity. Technological innovation is democratizing the means of production and enabling connections between resources and markets. This opens the doors to more fully tapping into our creative potential. Realizing this opportunity will require re-thinking and redesigning our institutions, innovating the way we work, learn, and consume. It will require developing ecosystems that can integrate distributed production by smaller entities with the scale and scope services provided by larger entities. We will for the first time be able to truly "race with the machine," harnessing the power of the machine to unleash and amplify our creative energies. More broadly, we will finally make learning a lifetime journey, find new sources of meaning, and develop ways to connect more richly in physical space so that we all benefit and prosper from the opportunities now before us.​

A movement in the making

The key difference between DIY-ers of decades past and the makers of today? Digital technology. The impact of digital design and production tools is just beginning to be felt. The platforms for learning, sharing, and selling employed by the growing Maker Movement are amplifying that impact and leading to new possibilities for innovation in products, materials and business models. Discover what the maker movement means for your company.​

Impact of the maker movement

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Impact of the Maker Movement

The Maker Movement is poised to have a broad impact across our lives and signals larger changes afoot in the way we interact with our institutions and the world around us. Making-related activities will emerge as a dominant source of livelihood as individuals find ways to build small businesses around their creative activity and large companies increasingly automate their operations. Learn more about the impact on consumers, companies and communities.​

National Day of Making 2014

President Obama proclaimed June 18, 2014 as National Day of Making, calling upon all Americans to observe the day by participating in activities and programs that “encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills.” Read the full proclamation and the President’s commitment to helping all American’s bring their ideas to life.

 

Makerspace Playbook

A fairly new phenomenon, simply put, Makerspaces are community gathering centers with tools, and are beginning to produce projects with significant national impact. Each space is dedicated to providing access to education and equipment uniquely arranged to fit the community it serves. Request a free Makerspace Playbook, a guide for those who hope to start their own Makerspace in their school or community.

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John Hagel III

John Hagel III

Co-Chairman | Center for the Edge

John is co-chairman for Deloitte LLP's Center for ...More

John Seely Brown (JSB)

John Seely Brown (JSB)

Independent Co-Chairman | Center for the Edge

JSB currently serves as the independent co-chairma...More

Duleesha Kulasooriya

Duleesha Kulasooriya

Head of Strategy | Center for the Edge

Duleesha leads development of Deloitte LLP Center ...More

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John Hagel III

Co-Chairman | Center for the Edge

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John Seely Brown (JSB)

Independent Co-Chairman | Center for the Edge

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Duleesha Kulasooriya

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