theMakerSpace is about lowering the barriers of entry for people to express their creativity in a physical way. It is about people getting together, working creatively, inspiring each other, engaging with new technology, and building a “bottom-up economy”.
The fact is that the Maker Movement is happening. Technology has evolved to the point where someone can, in their local maker space, create many items of better quality and more meaningfully than mass production has previously been able to deliver. And everyday more people are joining the movement as they realize the creative potential within themselves. International commentators are going as far as to call it “the new industrial revolution” (read Chris Anderson).
MAKERs make things, using both cutting edge technology and age old methods, or often a combination of both. Makers find value in making something by hand, giving a physical product more value because of the thoughtful, careful and useful way it is designed and made. Makers are not aiming for mass market for their product, they are simply expressing something they love, and in the process creating something worthwhile for the niche that they represent. Makers Openly share resources, expertise, equipment and encouragement because they choose to believe that we can do more together than we can apart.
theMakerSpace is working hard to develop a community of “MAKERs” by attracting engineers, designers, architects, creatives and tinkerer’s to a creative playground equipped with cutting edge low volume manufacturing technology that help lower the barriers to entry for people to express their creativity in a physical way.
Thank you for following the birth of a powerful and progressive community, we need all the help we can get. You can help by:
Creating awareness – talking about it, sharing on social media, making something.
Participate – do more than talking about it, engage and become part of the revolution. Give advice, feedback, ideas, enthusiasm, and MAKE something.
Share – we are intrigued by the idea of an open source economy, by sharing we hope to reduce the barriers that have held back the development of ideas for too long.
Give – your time, expertise and money are all assets that can be invested to accomplish the dream of a better way. Find out how you can get involved.
Right now we meet fortnightly to discuss strategy and review our progress in light of our vision. We see community based events as the best way to gain traction and recently launched with our first workshop: Intro to Laser cutting – design and make your own clock. We have one location in Ballito, one in Durban North and are looking for other locations to run courses, so please let us know if you have a factory/machine/space and would be willing to host us for an evening!
We hope to create a sustainable model and raise capital for a pilot location, testing the efficiency and raising awareness of a shared work space equipped with powerful tools and useful resources. A place where people can come and learn, be inspired, unlock creativity and potential, free themselves from corporate slavery and a life of mundane work that they hate. After pilot testing the best way to implement the project, we believe it should be scaled up to 200+ locations around Southern Africa, catapulting the movement to the masses. Enabling skills development (People learning to make their ideas into a physical product) and enterprise development (People learning to create sustainable businesses out of their physical products) are two key areas of Social funding which offer a means to achieve the goal of shifting to a knowledge based economy as outlined in the Government growth plan. theMakerSpace offers a wonderful expression of these goals, bringing together some of the best elements of technology, manufacturing and knowledge development.
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