The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers
YOU can create the next breakthrough innovation
A revolution is under way. But it's not about tearing down the old guard. It's about building, it's about creating, it's about breathing life into groundbreaking new ideas. It's called the Maker Movement, and it's changing the world.
Mark Hatch has been at the forefront of the Maker Movement since it began. A cofounder of TechShop--the first, largest, and most popular makerspace--Hatch has seen it all. Average people pay a small fee for access to advanced tools--everything from laser cutters and milling machines to 3D printers and AutoCAD software. All they have to bring is their creativity and some positive energy. Prototypes of new products that would have cost $100,000 in the past have been made in his shop for $1,000.
The Maker Movement is where all the next great inventions and innovations are happening--and you can play a part in it.
The Maker Movement Manifesto takes you deep into the movement. Hatch describes the remarkable technologies and tools now accessible to you and shares stories of how ordinary people have devised extraordinary products, giving rise to successful new business ventures. He explains how economic upheavals are paving the way for individuals to create, innovate, make a fortune--and even drive positive societal change--with nothing more than their own creativity and some hard work.
It's all occurring right now, all around the world--and possibly in your own neighborhood.
The creative spirit lives inside every human being. We are all makers. Whether you're a banker, lawyer, teacher, tradesman, or politician, you can play an important role in the Maker society.
So fire up your imagination, read The Maker Movement Manifesto--and start creating!
Praise for The Maker Movement Manifesto
"It’s the same revolutionary innovation model, but now applied to one of the biggest industries in the world—manufacturing."
"He (Henry Ford) probably would have started in TechShop."
"We are heading into a new age of manufacturing . . . Hatch has a front-row seat and has written the must-follow guide to democratize this new age. This is the book I wish every American would use. It contains the keys to the future of work and joy for everyone."
“TechShop is the garage that Thomas Edison wished he had, and thanks to Mark Hatch, it’s open it to the public. This book is a lifeline to a country with a skills gap that threatens to swallow us all. For aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs, The Maker Movement Manifesto is a ‘celebration in the making’—even if the only thing you make is a mess.”
"Mark’s book is pitch-perfect on why the Maker Movement is so important for our collective future."
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Q. How did you like the book?
A. The book itself is dry, the style is not reader-friendly, but the ideas Mark is describing are exciting on all counts. Mark is not that good of a writer, but he's a very good promo man, and that's why he's CEO of TechShop. I agree with almost everything he asserts about this new industrial revolution. He calls it Hardware 2.0, catchy enough. The book is a good wake-up call for people like me, who still read old-fashioned books and grew up programming, if at all, in COBOL or ALGOL.
Q. You disagreed with him on some points?
A. Mark thinks that everyone is born to make things, because they are human. God made man in his image, and so on. If you take a very broad definition of make, that may be true. People make babies, for example. But many people, and I'm one, are not handy people. I am good with languages, and enjoy exercise and music, but making something mechanically, if I can do it at all, takes me far longer than most people, including my wife, who is handy.
Q. So you feel he overlooks individual differences in abilities or talents?
A. Yes. Some people are not gadgeteers, tinkerers, whatever. But nonetheless, I am glad that even non-mechanical people like me might have a chance to see how something really works. On a side note, because it was not his main purpose, Mark opened my eyes about Karl Marx and Communism. He pointed out how Marx objected to big capital taking over almost all of the means of production, because it left the proletariat bereft and dependent on capitalism. If the common people didn't have money, they had one choice: go to work for someone who did have money. It's the same today. I had never looked at Marx's philosophy this way. It was a light bulb for me. Now, Mark writes, the balance is shifting back to the individual to make things, democratizing the creation process, out of the clutches of big corporations. That is a very good thing.
Q. Other complaints?
A. Mark says you can belong to one of his clubs for about $125 a month. This is like paying as much as for a high-end gym or even a country club. A lot of people still can't afford that much. Also, he says nothing about maintenance and replacement costs of the tools in his club. Membership fees will rise over time. You see it in the gyms. Gym equipment lasts a relatively long time and has a lower breakage factor, but if you don't keep up, maintain, and replace, your members will go elsewhere. Right now, Mark's clubs don't have many competitors. I think he hopes one day they will. He even mentions tacking work spaces onto existing public libraries. That is where I think we should go with this, so that access is equal for all residents, wealthy or not. Otherwise, Mark's clubs are not going to promote democracy: they'll become like country clubs for scientists, engineers, professors, the well-to-do. The common people will still have no access to tools. But libraries are fair, equal and open to all who live in a certain jurisdiction.
Q. So you want local governments to take over worker spaces like Mark's and pay for the tools, materials, so on, like they do for books? You know this will raise taxes, right?
A. Yes, but I know it's not going to happen over night. Mark knows this, too. He explicitly states as much in the last chapter. Anyway, I recommend the book. I went to the index and made a list of things I wanted to follow up on. There are so many new things going on, you really have to do that.
8 Distributed and Flexible Manufacturing
9 Accelerating Innovation
10 Changing through Participation
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