I came across this quote, which is featured in the Deloitte report on the impact of the maker movement, after hearing from Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop, at the Re:Make conference. He referenced the report while he spoke with great passion about how the maker movement is the new industrial revolution—one made possible by the democratization of technology and led by everyday DIYers like you and me.
While we may not be the sort of maker that works with transistors, we are part of a growing community of people who have the desire and savvy to express our ideas with our hands. In our own little ways we are reclaiming our goods from mass manufacturing to handcrafted. By doing so we are collectively shifting the power of big industry to give more room to small businesses.
I’ll be sharing more takeaways from Re:Make later today. In the meantime, here is President Obama addressing an audience of makers at the first-ever maker faire. In his address he states, “Today’s D.I.Y. Is Tomorrow’s ‘Made in America.'”