In the old days, people knew how to make and fix things. But as we progressed, we have evolved into just being consumers and forgotten the value of being a maker. As a result, the maker movement was born.
This article will discuss how the maker movement came into existence and its significance in our changing society. The maker movement promotes opportunities for people to become makers in various fields and develop small businesses around their creation.
The Role of Makers in History
As Mesopotamia thrived and developed, early civilizations started to build small settlements. Inhabitants built their own homes, but specialist builders arise as people set defined roles in the community. Now, makers are necessary to create and develop all of the structures on Earth. Few makers focus on a particular niche, such as tool making, writing, farming, and many more.
Makers as an Important Force of Change
The act of creating is innate to who we are as humans. For one thing, we continuously want to express ourselves by making things. However, frequently in our daily lives, we detached ourselves from making the way we consume goods or even the way we learn new things. We are set apart from the actual act of using our hands into building something and becoming the creators ourselves. In this modern age, we have access to products that are already made for us. When we need or want something, seldom do we opt to create, design, or invent it. Ordinarily, our usual approach is to figure out where to buy it. How do we shift from being a consumer to becoming our designer, producer, and maker?
What is a Maker?
“Makers are people who get their identity and meaning from the act of creation.”
Being a maker is just not taking the world as it is; it gives us an identity to be more and to do more. Instead of consuming, makers create something new and learn new skills in the process. In essence, everybody participates in the maker movement, be it a child or an adult. Indeed, it is a community of makers!
The Birth of the Maker Movement
Make magazine was founded in 2005 by Dale Dougherty. Magazines like Popular Mechanics, which often helped people start a hobby and learn new skills, influenced him to make such publications. Furthermore, it created a community of hobbyists, DIY community, and like-minded tinkerers to talk about their creations. Hence, the Maker Movement was born. Shortly, Maker Faire then started in the Bay Area in the year 2006. The purpose was to spread this idea of learning and community and build a space where readers could engage, share ideas, and create something together.
What drives the maker movement?
The maker movement’s main driver is cheap and accessible technology, particularly Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Seeed Studio Odyssey. At a low cost, these microcontrollers invite makers to experiment. Indeed, creators can put this in a project and make a device independently. Hence, they learn from trying out new things.
As we begin to use these tools, we let our imagination run. It changes us completely, how we think, and our capabilities. Additionally, what we make is a form of self-expression. It somehow shows a glimpse of who we are. You don’t have to be an engineer necessarily; you could also be a cook, teacher, gardener, etc. We have this opportunity to collaborate on our different ideas, skills, and mindsets into this maker movement.
How the Maker Movement Helped Shape the World
The maker movement establishes opportunities for more people to become makers, not just individual makers but also by working together to implement a shared vision. There’s an opportunity for the maker movement to reshape our communities and bring us together at multiple levels.
The impact of the maker movement is first, job creation. It creates an opportunity for people to become makers in various sectors and build small businesses from their designs. So over time, the majority of jobs are going to emerge.
Second, the diversity of products. Since more people have access to production to create product designs, people will have new and better options. It offers them more customized and tailored products that fit their needs.
Third, in the education sector. The maker movement will have an impact on traditional institutions by remodeling them. Theories are helpful, but one must learn to apply them in real-life situations. It then shifts the whole focus of education.
Lastly, the impact of the maker movement spreads to the community. We first act, create, and eventually have an impact on our society. Then we began to become a social agent of change in terms of achieving results and coming together. Subsequently, low-income and jobless people can now create an attainable economic position from their creation.
In this ever-changing world in which we live, it demands us to create new ideas, new ways of doing things, new inventions, modern teaching techniques, new computer applications, and a new strategy for every aspect of business and life. Besides, I believe we are all born as makers; we have these things called hands that we use to create and build something. Above all, there’s a lot of problems in the world that we need to solve, and through our creative solutions, we can answer even the most challenging questions in life.