Making More Makers (and Why It Matters)

Making More Makers (and Why It Matters)

In the lead-up to tomorrow’s Dale Dougherty/MAKE segment on “The Next List” (Sunday, 2pm EST), CNN has posted an article by Dale entitled How to Make More ‘Makers’ – and Why It Matters.

Makers start with that simple idea to do something, which is why we call it DIY – for “do it yourself.” Soon, however, they find out that there are lots of people like you out there. When you find others, you have a community and that community offers a place to show your work, trade tools and swap ideas, and just have fun.

We can find all kinds of makers in our communities. Yet we also want to help create more makers. Through education and community outreach, we can offer the opportunity to make things to more people, but particularly children. They might find these opportunities at school but also at community centers, summer camps and science centers, or even at home. My goal is that all people, young and old, come to see themselves as makers, creators and doers because I know that the people who have the skills and knowledge to make things have the power to make the world a better place.

The article also includes another video excerpt from “The Next List” piece.

Please Note: After the show tomorrow, Dale Dougherty (@dalepd) will be hosting a Q&A on twitter (#make). We hope you’ll join us.

UPDATE: This episode of “The Next List” was preempted today due to breaking news. Barring breaking news next week, it will run Sunday the 19th.

How to Make More ‘Makers’ – and Why It Matters


6 thoughts on “Making More Makers (and Why It Matters)

  1. dockaun says:

    I agree with Dale. Making does matter. My students in Bronx elementary schools are makers and their activities (e.g. building hydroponic gardens in their classrooms, constructing model planes with working propeller engines and navigation lights, and designing piggybank burglar alarms, etc) have ignited their imaginations and enthusiasm for learning. Their parents and relatives are also inspired by what they see. Here’s one comment that was posted on our blog recently. ” It’s really cool to see my God daughter …Telling me something new to learn …I think school should be more hands on, cause Children will want to learn more and it will stay with them more. I feel that they should do this more.” It’s awesome that Dale is getting the word out on television today so others can start thinking about how to bring making to more children. It’s transformative.

  2. Making More Makers (and Why It Matters) James Floyd Kelly says:

    Any idea when the interview will be re-run? I set to record but picked up a Whitney Houston story instead.

    1. Gareth Branwyn says:

      It will (allegedly) run next Sunday on The Next List.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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