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Impact of the Maker Movement

What is the Maker Movement? And why should you care?
We are on the cusp of an opportunity to more fully tap into our creative potential, driven by significant technological innovation that is democratizing the means of production and enabling connections between resources and markets. Realizing this opportunity will require re-thinking and redesigning all of our major institutions, innovating the way we work, learn and consume. It will require developing ecosystems that can more effectively integrate distributed production by smaller entities with the scale and scope that can be provided by larger entities. We will for the first time be able to truly "race with the machine," harnessing the power of the machine to unleash and amplify our creative energies. More broadly, we will finally make learning a true lifetime journey, find new sources of meaning, and develop ways to connect more richly in physical space so that we all benefit and prosper from the new opportunities that are now available.

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[VIDEO]: President Obama at the White House Maker Faire: "Today's D.I.Y. Is Tomorrow's 'Made in America'"
"Our parents and our grandparents created the world's largest economy and strongest middle class not by buying stuff, but by building stuff — by making stuff, by tinkering and inventing and building; by making and selling things first in a growing national market and then in an international market — stuff "Made in America." — President Barack Obama at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, June 18, 2014.

A movement in the making
The impact of digital design and production tools is just beginning, amplified by the platforms for learning, sharing, and selling employed by the growing maker movement. The key difference between DIY-ers of decades past and the makers of today? Digital technology. Discover what the maker movement means for your company.

Impact of the maker movement
The Maker Movement will emerge as the dominant source of livelihood as individuals find ways to build small businesses around their creative activity and large companies increasingly automate their operations. Learn more.


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