The Maker RevolutionBuilding a Future on Creativity and Innovation in an Exponential World
Become a force for change through community, access, knowledge, and innovation The Maker Revolution is a guidebook to the new industrial revolution. Artisans, crafters, DIYers, and inventors around the globe are changing the way we change the world—are you ready to join the movement? This book shows you how to find your place in the revolution. You'll learn how the movement came about, and how Makers are already shifting paradigms and pushing the boundaries of innovation. You'll discover the people, organizations, and technologies that are catalyzing a re-thinking of industry, business, economic development and education, and you'll explore the ways in which specific types of participation could propel the movement toward greater access and inclusivity. You may even discover your own inner Maker, and decide to join the revolution. The world's greatest problems will only be solved by the creativity, ingenuity, and innovation of its inhabitants. The Maker Movement and the revolution it heralds holds that truth at its core, and strives to give everyone access to the knowledge, tools, experience, and community they need to change the world. This book takes you inside the movement, and helps you find your place. Understand the drivers, depths, and goals of the Maker Movement Explore the major trends and technologies that enable makers Learn how institutions can engage and participate in the Maker Revolution Find your inner revolutionary and become a part of the changing world The new revolution will not be televised—it will be something you hold in your hand, something you use every day, and the spirit of the community that created it. The Maker Revolution brings you into the fold to show you the power of breaking away from the status quo and will show you how you too can help change the world.
Introduction: The Maker Revolution v SECTION 1 Trends that are Driving the Maker Revolution 1 Exponential Technologies 3 2 Tools and Knowledge 21 3 Capital, Manufacturing, and Markets 33 4 Recapping the Drivers of the Revolution 49 SECTION 2 The Maker Revolution is Driving Major Changes 5 Economic Development 57 6 Innovation 75 7 Creativity 95 8 Education 109 SECTION 3 What Should We Do About It? 9 Institutional Response 131 10 A Call to Arms—How Engaged Are You? 147 Conclusion 155 Index 157
MARK R. HATCH (markrhatch.com) is the former CEO and a co-founder of TechShop, a focal point in the emerging Maker Movement and sits on the board of Maker Media. He is currently the CEO of Maker Partners, a speaking, consulting and advocacy firm. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Jacob Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, an Affiliate of The Institute for the Future, and Adjunct Faculty at Singularity University. He is also a General Partner of Network Society Ventures and runs a private investment syndicate on AngelList.
We are in the midst of a technological upheaval for which there are very few precedents in human history. At such times, as with the First Industrial Revolution, change does not happen gradually but exponentially, with technological acceleration occurring across most or all domains of human endeavor. And, as Mark Hatch explains in this inspiring new book, "It is difficult to fathom exponential change. There is little in our day-to-day experience that prepares us for this pace of change." And it's anybody's guess where we'll find ourselves a generation from now. But exponential change itself is only half the story. As Mark explains, the extraordinary growth in the sophistication and usability of hardware and software, as well as the exponentially expanding knowledge base freely available, matched by an equally rapid drop in costs, have made it possible for virtually anyone with a good idea to jump into the fray and make their own contribution to the revolution. Suddenly new industries are springing up like wild flowers in the shadows of the corporate oaks that have dominated the field, and opportunities and industries that could not have been imagined a generation ago are appearing overnight, often in the seemingly most unlikely of places. And the ones driving this revolution are The Makers. Who are The Makers? They are the artisans, crafters, DIYers, and inventors who are changing the way we change the world. They're people like Bre Pettis, who, in just a few years, went from being a language arts teacher and part-time puppeteer living in Seattle, to a high-tech entrepreneur and founder of MakerBot, the half-billion-dollar company that introduced inexpensive, open-source 3D printing to the world. In The Maker Revolution you'll meet Bre and many other maker revolutionaries. Like a dispatch from the front lines, The Maker Revolution fills you in on the technologies, tools, communities, and knowledge base fueling the revolution. You'll learn about exponential growth taking place in everything from AI and manufacturing to gene splicing and medical diagnostics, electric cars and aerial drones to mobile game apps and Snapchat filters. You'll discover the economic trends and rapidly evolving capital opportunities open to just about anybody with a good idea. You'll learn the stories of many of today's most accomplished maker-revolutionaries, and, perhaps most importantly, you'll be inspired to unleash your own inner revolutionary and become part of The Maker Revolution.
"Cloud, computing, networks, AI, robots, healthcare, manufacturing…we are passing through an amazing time and the pace of change just continues to accelerate. These changes are hard to comprehend, and it has been postulated that by around 2040 the technology change across so many domains will be racing ahead so fast that one cannot predict what is going to happen. In physics speak, it is beyond the event horizon, that place, as you enter the pull of a black hole, beyond which nothing can be seen." —Mark R. Hatch YOUR GUIDE TO THE NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND HOW TO UNLEASH YOUR INNER REVOLUTIONARY Artisans, crafters, DIYers, and inventors around the globe are revolutionizing the way we shape the world. Read The Maker Revolution and discover how to join the vanguard of the revolution. You'll meet The Makers, the men and women who are undoing all the old paradigms and pushing the boundaries of innovation. You'll learn about the communities, organizations, and technologies which are reengineering industry, business, economic development, and education. And you will discover how to connect with your inner Maker-revolutionary and make your own contribution—and have a ball while you're at it. Understand the drivers, depths, and goals of The Maker Movement Explore the major trends and technologies that enable makers Learn how institutions can engage and participate in The Maker Revolution Find your inner revolutionary and become a part of the changing world The big problems facing humanity can only be solved by tapping the creativity, ingenuity, and innovation inherent in each of us. The Maker Movement and the revolution it has engendered gives everyone access to the knowledge, tools, experience, and community needed to change the world for the better. This book takes you inside the movement, and it helps you find your place in it.
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