I’ve been heartened to read widely & be inspired by the philosophies & ideas that underpin the #makerspace movement. Here’s just a selection of great stories that capture some of this:
- Raising future generations of creators not just as consumers.
- Making a 3D printer from e-waste, Kodjo Afate Gnikou (the inventor from Togo) is quoted “My dream is to give young people hope and to show that Africa, too, has its place on the global market when it comes to technology. We are able to create things.”
- Successful grant for Westport Library’s to further develop their #makerspace, MakerSpace 2.0: Retinkering Libraries.
- Resources for Maker Librarians (site is on a hiatus for now, but great resources still available).
- Strengthening communities through Makerspaces connected learning tv webinar.
- ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning.
- FabLabCon 2013 slides from Jeroen de Boer.
- Buffy Hamilton’s 2012 slides Creating Communities Through Makerspaces.
And the most exciting part of this past month is seeing #makerspace and #libraries becoming a reality here in New Zealand!
— baruk (@feddabonn) October 17, 2013
For me, the #makerspace movement celebrates the power of the community – it allows the community to make the space into what they want it to be, how they want it to be, why they want to the space. Libraries & librarians acting as facilitators: we can tap into funding, we can open up the spaces, then we walk alongside our communities to share in the joy of creation. Our communities are the heart of all of this.