Dale Dougherty: We are makers from TEDxMotorCity

Dale Dougherty, founder of Make magazine and organizer of Maker Faires, gave a talk at TEDxMotorCity.

“America was built by makers — curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we’re all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.”

I encourage you to watch it all and share. There are many points mentioned throughout we can use when talking up our local Maker Spaces.

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  1. Jerry
    Jerry says:

    (posted on google group…) From Mitch Altman of Noisebridge…
    The local non-profit TV station here in San Francisco created a really nice 5-minute video about the hackerspace movement.
    Jenny Oh, of KQED, does an online show called Science On the Spot. She was at Noisebridge several times to create an episode about the hackerspace movement, with lots of footage of people doing cool things at Noisebridge. After months of work, the results went up a couple days ago:

    It starts with community (and continues with community). Put the word out everywhere you can — including here, and listing yourself on thehackerspaces.org list of hackerspaces wiki. Tell everyone you know to tell everyone they know. … Attract the ones you want by envisioning a culture of people that YOU want to hang out with. That will attract more people into that culture, and that attracts more!

    Leading workshops is a fantastic way to attract cool people and build excitement for a space. You can do workshops before you have a space — friends’ offices over the weekend, or at night, find a friendly nearby co-working space, at a cafe where you ask the owner or manager. . .

    Find interesting and diverse people to lead workshops that will attract diverse people you want to hang out with — How to Solder (using a cool project as an example), Arduino For Newbies (using a cool project as an example), How to Sew (using a cool project as an example), How to Weld (using a cool project as an example), How to Compost With Worms, How to Juggle, How to Make Puppets, Photography, Music, Video, the list of possibilities is endless!

    Workshops are a great way to attract attention, have an ongoing stream of them. And make sure you let people at the workshops know that if they like what they experience at the workshop, they will LOVE it when you get your own space, where stuff like this will be happening all the time, every day, 24/7! Once you have a small group of dedicated people you like to work and play with, you can all go out and find a space. And after you lay the community groundwork, once you have your own space, that’s when things really take off.
    All this worked great in starting Noisebridge (in San Francisco, in 2007), and it has worked great for hackerspaces around the world (starting to creep towards 1000 listed on the hackerspaces.org list!).

    There’s also more info on the hackerspaces.org wiki (including the very helpful Hackerspace Design Patterns). And, if you can get a hold of the MAKE Magazine Ultimate Workshop & Tool Guide special issue that came out in November-2010, I wrote an article in there about How to Start a Hackerspace < http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/11/make_ultimate_workshop_tool_…>.


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