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One of my favorite experiences at Maker Faire New York this past September was listening to Douglas Rushkoff’s big picture analysis of where the maker movement may be taking us. Rushkoff, author of the recently published Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, believes the maker movement is nothing short of revolutionary.

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As we enter the “maker ate,” Rushkoff says, “we¬†are shifting from a time-is-money economy of debt-based currency, corporations, and hourly wages, to a real-time ‘steady state’ ecology of alt currencies, creating value through making, and direct P2P exchange. In short, what comes after the industrial age is not the ‘digital’ age, but the maker age.” Here’ a short interview I conducted with him right before his talk above.

Stett Holbrook

Stett is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

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*Sustainable/green design
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