Help From the Maker MovementThe good news for the business world is that a powerful alternate model exists: the maker movement, which celebrates the potential of hands-on creation. Makers represent a growing community of builders and creators — engineers, scientists, artists, and hobbyists of all ages, interests, and skill levels who engage in experimentation, collaboration, and innovation based on open-source principles.
Four elements of the maker movement are particularly resonant for mainstream business:
1. Embracing the creator's identity. The starting point in the maker life cycle has been defined as “zero to the maker,” when an individual defines a passion project or idea and learns the skills and accesses the tools to bring that vision into reality.
2. Fostering interaction among creators. The second step in the life cycle is “maker to maker” — to develop as a creator, you must collaborate. Conventional corporate thinking, however, can create an environment where individual creators are surrounded by critics and editors to better channel their efforts. While this is essential, too much can stymie creative experimentation. Organizations should create explicit opportunities for creator-to-creator interaction and teaming.
3. Insisting on fluidity. If the creation of physical objects is the core of the maker movement, the second most important element is the belief that all kinds of creation are equal.
4. Understanding the effectiveness of the novel play. Key to the maker movement are makerspaces — workspaces with shared tools that are open to the community, balancing the opportunity to create with the opportunity to learn with and from others.
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