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Civic Response

update: Here’s the video of the session below! You can sign up to join the next session, Tuesday April 21 7PM ET / 4PM PT by reserving your spot here. 

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What: A Conversation about the Maker’s Civic Response

When: Tuesday, April 14 2020 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET

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Join Dorothy Jones-Davis of The Nation of Makers and Dale Dougherty of Make: Community for an open conversation about what makers are doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  

  • Dale has called it Plan C, a bottoms-up civic response of self-organizing groups that is taking advantage of the tools and networks that have developed around makerspaces in the US and the world.
  • Dorothy Jones-Davis will talk about sustainable pathways that allow makers to continue producing supplies and meeting the ongoing needs of these organizations.

Some of our guests today include:

  • Jad’an Johnson and Sabrina Merlo of the Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) group.
  • Ian and Candy Cole, Maker Faire Orlando producers who are mobilizing for local response.
  • Jay Margulas of DePaul University in Chicago to talk about the Illinois maker response.

We want to hear from you about your experiences as a maker and civic responder in your community. (If we can get Zoom to work as we wish, we hope to have an interactive event with everyone participating.)  Please come and share what you are doing and bring it the attention of the community.  Please raise issues that are impacting your efforts as well. If you’d like to let us know in advance that you have something to share, please let us know here.

Please register in advance for this Zoom event and join in this conversation. 

Civic Response


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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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