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Maker Movement

Time for the Maker Movement to Grow Up

Robin Raskin | Posted 08.18.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

For the Maker Movement to grow up it's going to need to incorporate some of this organizational common sense. I'd be thinking hard about how to connect makers and the things they make, with the people who need them.

Children Should Create Before They Code

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Raise your hand if you've received at least one email advertising a coding camp for your child. Keep it up if you have considered it. I have.

Turn RadioShack into MakerShack

Robin Raskin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

To my Boomer eye, the best thing about RadioShack is a much bolder and a potentially bigger win. RadioShack could claim its rightful position as the center of the Maker universe, the same way it cut its teeth on tinkerers all those years ago.

The Inventor Is In: The Nashville Children's Hospital With a Mobile Makerspace

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

At the Monroe Caroll Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, the makerspace comes in the form of a large, metal cart, carrying materials and tools young patients can use to create objects.

The Maker Movement and the Humanities: Giving Students A Larger Toolbox

Christine Henseler | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

The empowering rise of the do-it-yourself Maker Movement has found fertile ground in higher education, cultivating a vibrant community who believe in the effectiveness of learning through doing, sharing and mentoring, playing, exploring, and risk-taking.

Matt Sheehan

This Chinese City Is Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Hardware | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.21.2014 | World

SHENZHEN, China -- Chinese technology is chock-full of awkward analogies and misfit metaphors. The social network formerly known as "the Facebook of C...

How Etsy Changed the Rules & What It Means for Indie Designers

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 11.16.2014 | Small Business
Shannon Whitehead

My eyes scanned over page after page of items I would have expected to find in the kiosks of Daytona Beach, not on a website for handmade goods. I sat at my computer with my jaw on the keyboard, wondering what had just happened.

Making the Internet Work for Democracy

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 10.01.2014 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

Political space -- the time and interest of elected leaders -- is not guaranteed to last. We need to make the benefits of an Internet-connected society more visible and permanent.

Why Can't Big Data Take a Bow, and Then Contribute to the Collaborative Commons?

John Thompson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
John Thompson

Whenever I read about, or witness, the opportunities created by Big Data, I grow perplexed. Why won't its corporate advocates share its potential with public schools? Why do reformers not respond to opportunities created by technology by seeking schools that nurture creativity, problem-solving and cooperation?

We Need a Citizen Maker Movement

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.24.2014 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

Here's the issue our nation is facing: The inability of the non-military side of our public institutions to process complex problems. Today, this competence and especially the capacity to solve technical challenges often exist only in the private sector.

Without This, a Shared Economy Is a Take Economy

Stephanie Michele | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Stephanie Michele

What is really at the heart of a shared economy? I find myself reflecting on this quite a bit after my friend, an advocate of the shared economy movement stayed with me for four days.

Makers Are Radically Changing the World...Already

XPRIZE | Posted 04.07.2014 | Technology

By Singularity University adjunct faculty Mark Hatch, who is CEO and Co-Founder of TechShop and author of the Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Inn...

Philadelphia P.A. -- A City of "Makers"

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Philadelphia's diverse neighborhoods have been the bastion of artisans and craftspeople since their very beginnings.

Why Buying Local Is Worth Every Cent [Infographic]

Michael Salguero | Posted 01.24.2014 | Small Business
Michael Salguero

When taking the state of our economy into consideration, buying local could be the best decision U.S. shoppers make this season.

Indie Products from Chicago - Fall 2013

Kathryn Born | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Kathryn Born

It’s quite possible that Chicago is the DIY capital of America. The grassroots and almost anti-authority tradition runs so deep, it’s no ...

What If Big Things Come in littleBits?

Matt Murrie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

Quirky now has some stiff competition in the running for my favorite young business. Both Quirky and littleBits consistently create new highs in innovation by pushing consumers and producers forward as they capitalize on and validate the curiosity of their customers.

Meet 5 Of The Coolest Online Artisans

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Small Business

It's been called the "Etsy Economy": the growing number of artisans and craftspeople who support themselves via Internet storefronts. From handmade ki...

Manifesto: Living in the Age of Reinvention

Russell C. Smith | Posted 11.03.2013 | Books
Russell C. Smith

With economic and technological disruption have come freedom, creativity, and chaos. People can experience all of the effects of these three states of mind in one day or in one hour of their lives.

Maker Movement Taps Into Deep and Rich Tradition

Larry Magid | Posted 09.11.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

Sometimes I worry we're becoming a culture of technology consumers, instead of creators. One of the more encouraging signs is the "Maker Movement," which seems to be growing exponentially.

Children and Families, Media and Play: The Five Minute Futurist

David Kleeman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
David Kleeman

The coming years will look like the late '90s TV "gold rush," when companies staked out channel space in the expanding multi-channel universe. This time, though, the prospectors will mine distinctive content that can woo audiences in the "over the top" TV market.

What Is the Maker Movement and Why Should You Care?

Brit Morin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Technology
Brit Morin

Welcome to the Maker Movement, an evolution of millions of people who are taking big risks to start their own small businesses dedicated to creating and selling self-made products.

What If We Were All Manufacturers?

Matt Murrie | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

What if there were only one word to describe your level of satisfaction with whatever it was you did to provide yourself with income? What if that word was, awesome?

Why Amateurs Reach The Top In America

Debra Ollivier | Posted 07.30.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

In Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, author Jack Hitt contends that the Golden Age of American amateurism is far from over. On the contrary, the amateur's dream is the American dream.

Make A Controller Out Of Almost Anything!

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 05.18.2012 | Technology

A pair of graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab have launched MaKey MaKey, a Kickstarter project with a noble goal ...

Tinker and Change the World

Larry Bock | Posted 03.28.2012 | Impact
Larry Bock

Tinkering -- that hands-on, garage-based tradition -- is making a comeback among average Americans, promising to change our lives for the better on several fronts.