The Maker Movement Manifesto is an interesting look into the Maker Movement by Mark Hatch, the CEO and cofounder of TechShop a popular maker space.
It starts out by defining the Maker Movement Manifesto which is broken down into 9 points:
- Tool up
This is interesting and explains everything from the values underlying the movement to how to set up a maker space in your own community, however what was of more interest to myself was the following sections where numerous stories were relaid about success stories of makers developing their passions into successful businesses from within TechShop.
The book covers not only the Maker Movement from an internal perspective, but also the far wider reaching socio-economic impacts of giving anyone access to the tools, knowledge and abilities to make things for themselves, be that anything from a proof of concept to a product to art. It looks at how this wider access to these facilities accelerates innovation, democratizes tools/equipment and information and creates a new breed of person, what is referred to as a pro-am, a professional amateur. And how this mindset change might be better suited to addressing the challenges the world is experiencing today.
I really enjoyed The Maker Movement Manifesto, and found it to be inspiring, it really got my Maker juices flowing. So if you are a Maker or interested in the Movement give this book a try.