The Maker Movement got noticed by President Obama, who is set to host a Maker Faire at the White House next week. In anticipation, Senior Advisor for Space and Innovation Phil Larson interviewed our own Dale Dougherty about making — what it is, where it came from, and how to get involved.
Phil: Why is Making important?
Dale: Making is important on many levels. On a personal level, it can be a source of satisfaction and accomplishment, as you learn to do new things. On a social level, Making can lead to discovering other Makers who share your interests in local or online communities, and re-invigorating community bonds through Making. On an economic level, Making is bolstering personalized manufacturing, local workforce development, entrepreneurship, and expanding opportunities for Americans to unleash innovations that can lead to the industries and jobs of the future. Yet it starts with each of us seeing ourselves as producers, creators, and innovators, which challenges us to lead a productive and creative life. It changes our relationship with everything around us by showing that we can help make the change we want to see in the world.
See the whole interview on the White House Blog, and visit back to see all our coverage of the first ever National Day of Making.