In February 2014, Social: IRL principal Ben Smith and Crowd Companies founder Jeremiah Owyang, will co-host The Resilient Summit – a two-day conference exploring key issues surrounding the collaborative economy. The summit will take place in Kansas City, with participants ranging from major global brands, financial institutions, and marketing agencies, to leaders in the maker and sharing movements, tech startups, small businesses, city leaders, and civic organizations. Attendees are registered from across the United States as well as Canada and Europe.
A keynote speaker at the Summit is Mark Hatch, CEO and co-founder of TechShop. The San Francisco Business Times presented Mark a “Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO Award” and Fast Company has recognized him in their “Who’s Next” column. TechShop also won the EXPY Award, given to the “experience stager of the year.”
Mark is a recognized leader in the global maker movement and is a sought after speaker and consultant on innovation, advanced manufacturing and leadership. He has spoken to groups from GE, Ford, P&G, ExxonMobile, Kraft, and many other Fortune 500 firms. He has presented at events and universities like TEDx, The Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, Singularity U, UC Berkeley, and Harvard. At the Resilient Summit Mark will help us explore the role of makers in the collaborative economy, as part of our greater discussion on the role businesses play when people get what they need from each other.
His book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, came out in September of 2013. Thanks to the generosity of Mark and his publishers, we will be sharing the first chapter of his book here in the Social: IRL blog. Today we start with an outline – what is the The Maker Movement Manifesto. In subsequent posts we’ll expand on the Manifesto with the entire first chapter.
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Maker Movement Manifesto, by Mark Hatch
Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers
Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. These things are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our souls.
Sharing what you have made and what you know about making with others is the method by which a maker’s feeling of wholeness is achieved. You cannot make and not share.
There are few things more selfless and satisfying than giving away something you have made. The act of making puts a small piece of you in the object. Giving that to someone else is like giving someone a small piece of yourself. Such things are often the most cherished items we possess.
You must learn to make. You must always seek to learn more about your making. You may become a journeyman or master craftsman, but you will still learn, want to learn, and push yourself to learn new techniques, materials, and processes. Building a lifelong learning path ensures a rich and rewarding making life and, importantly, enables one to share.
You must have access to the right tools for the project at hand. Invest in and develop local access to the tools you need to do the making you want to do. The tools of making have never been cheaper, easier to use, or more powerful.
Be playful with what you are making, and you will be surprised, excited, and proud of what you discover.
Join the Maker Movement and reach out to those around you who are discovering the joy of making. Hold seminars, parties, events, maker days, fairs, expos, classes, and dinners with and for the other makers in your community.
This is a movement, and it requires emotional, intellectual, financial, political, and institutional support. The best hope for improving the world is us, and we are responsible for making a better future.
Embrace the change that will naturally occur as you go through your maker journey. Since making is fundamental to what it means to be human, you will become a more complete version of you as you make.
In the spirit of making, I strongly suggest that you take this manifesto, make changes to it, and make it your own. That is the point of making.