Plan C Live: The Keys To Re-Opening Makerspaces

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Plan C Live: The Keys To Re-Opening Makerspaces

As the process of re-opening offices and stores in local communities, makerspaces are beginning to re-open as well. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges and strategies for re-opening community makerspaces to members and the public. Certainly, new safety protocols are needed but is it also time to reconsider how and what a makerspace is?

Upcoming: June 18 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET

Join host Dorothy Jones-Davis and Mike Senese of Make: Community along with the following panelists.

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  • Nat Fairbanks – MakeItLabs, Nashua, NH
  • Nathan Pritchett – Tulsa Fab Lab, Tulsa OK
  • Grady Sain, Director and founder  – Positive Fields, Hogansville, GA  (A nonprofit arts and technology education center.)  Grady has 30+ years experience in film, VFX, software engineering, and product design.
  • James Henningson – Dallas Makerspace
  • Scott Van Campen – Makerspace NYC
  • Regina Sakols – Maker Nexus, Sunnyvale CA
  • Dave and Bec Dalton – KC Hammerspace

Previous broadcast

Date: June 16 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET

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Join host Dorothy Jones-Davis and Dale Dougherty of Make: Community along with the following panelists.

The Panel

Artisan’s Asylum, Somerville, MA. Lars Torres, Executive Director

Open Works, Baltimore MD, April Lewis, Membership Director

Maker at Large, Dan Schneiderman, Rochester, New York.

Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy, NY. Cheryl Kennedy, Executive Director

Greensboro Forge, Greensboro, NC. Joe Rotondi, Executive Director

Ace Monster Toys, Berkeley, CA. Rachel “Crafty” Sadd, Executive Director

Seattle Makers, Seattle WA. Jeremy Hanson


  • How have the team leaders and the membership agreed on a plan to re-open?
  • Are there different plans for opening for members and the public?
  • What kind of staging or phases do you have?
  • How has the pandemic affected membership and will members return?
  • How does the pandemic changes how you think about the role of a makerspace in your community?
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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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