Using Our Bare Hands
Few can have missed the recent ‘rise of the maker’. The idea that we can all make or do something of value and then trade that for whatever we like.
What a wonderful thought — as long as we actually do it.
Far Beyond Making Do
Initially the ’maker’ concept started out as contemporary idea that represented the ingenuity of people working at the core of technology.
To me it defines a bigger even more brilliant and passionate idea — a blossoming of people that are reminded that they can actually do stuff. It’s evolved into a global revolution where people see that what they do has untapped opportunity, market relevance and global appetite.
And boy do we need more of that — wherever you look.
Are We All Makers?
The great thing is that we can ALL do something.
We just have to start. And we can all do a lot more than we think we can. We have to figure out what and how to start. Ask yourself what you can do.
Speak, sew, influence, steer, plant, invent, build, mend, dance, write, teach, paint, weave, mentor, sing, inspire — draw — anything!
The world we live in, because of technology and new models for scaling ideas allows us to get out there — sharing that energy and passion with the world. We can all be makers — but we need that passion. We need to think what we can do — what can we make with our talent.
Not so much. It’s about application. And application takes a shift of attitude and thinking — often just rediscovering what’s laid waste for a while.
The original ‘digital’ makers were undoubtedly defined by their rarity of skills alongside a massive market requirement — it was beyond the usual definition of how stuff got valued.
Prior to the makers the old world only measured the tangible and fixed — the standard nature of things. The old guard with their typical claptrap of expectation and what’s normal — stuff that we irrationally value — like bricks and boxed things — makers revelled in the intangible.
We owe them a huge debt.
Making — as a concept — has long been about software, hacking, coding and onwards into the creation of new devices, platforms and models. Manifesting value in applications, on devices — generally improving on stuff that’s already laying around.
Now that idea is mainstream — take ANY topic that you feel excited about and turn that into something you can share — something you can thrill yourself and others with.
‘Gotta love the ingenuity of that.’
As a concept and culture makers (in general) support the notion of open-source and they operate with complete transparency. Makers spring up anywhere — that’s especially encouraging for any of us seeking to create global uprisings and change. Thousands of people doing things because they are simply good for humanity — generally.
Making — The Attitude
Makers seem to have a really useful mix of interests, capability and ambition.
Take a breath and pick yours— cool thinking — a sympathy for design, a growing social awareness, an aim to scale, keen to create sustainable solutions, a recognition of the importance of technology, code, creativity and open collaboration.
Makers want to work with other makers who delight in a rich mix of things that we don’t necessarily but what we need as humanity — electronics, robotics, gaming, storytelling, graphic design, UI/UX, virtual and augmented reality, education, 3-D printing, CNC tools, design, ethics, metal and woodworking.
Imagine what we can do for the world with our new found maker attitude.
As a creative person it thrills me to imagine what we can do now. By stealing things — repurposing them, cutting and pasting occasionally but always making something new in the process, play listing, creating new cookbooks and menu’s and the re-use of great designs.
It’s a good feel and one that’s infectious.
The skills we need are there — we just need to re-engage with our passion and dust off our basic capabilities to aim for a better life and create a different attitude for a better kind of survival!