In January, Dale Dougherty, co-founder of O'Reilly Media and head of the MAKE division, gave an great talk at TED to promote the idea that everyone out there is a Maker of some sort. We make food, we make homes, we make a living, etc. Building on this metaphor he emphasizes that makers are fascinated by being in control, knowing how things work, and being able to make them rather then just consume things.
Makers are often seen to be outside the mainstream, but the truth is they stand on the shoulders of a long universal maker culture that was fueled by a sense of pride that the world around us is actually made by us. We have much stronger connections to things we make than to things we buy. How many of us own precious items from our childhood or things that were made by our grandparents? These objects have emotional value not only because of a connection to the person, but also by the time, effort, and materialization of their skills.
The power of making is unstoppable.
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