Maker Movement Documentary Reflection
The maker movement is an umbrella term for independent designers, thinkers, and investors. The movement places emphasis on making rather than consuming products and services. It is labeled as the new wave of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Do-It-Together (DIT); the movement is driven by passion and also powered by the advent of new processes and technologies. “It is the idea that we want to hack the physical world the way we use hack computers,” (Maker the Movie). The concept of DIY over the years has been used on the basis of ‘how to’ get something done, for example, how to fix a flat tire. But with the birth of the maker movement, the concept has changed to a more technical concept of how to create, design or develop something which brings the idea of ‘making’ rather than fixing.
The maker movement also referred to as the “third industrial revolution,” is concerned with revolutionizing the manufacturing industry by introducing new innovative concepts to impact profitability. Some of the concepts as highlighted in the documentary includes local manufacturing, open source, digital fabrication, and crowdfunding. Local manufacturing is a concept where manufacturing within the country is encouraged rather than importation of the same products or services. The movement helps businesses or individuals to get funding through the crowdfunding concept where monetary contributions are made by a significant number of people to purposefully fund a project or a venture. All these concepts play a key role towards the success of the business.
The movement has substantial impacts on various aspects of the economy including the contemporary culture of projects. For example, Bajarin (2014) says, “makers tap into an American administration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers.” These creations and inventions that are made locally sometimes from cluttered workshops but the spark the imaginations of various consumers who are mainly into generic and mass-produced merchandise from China. The movement acknowledges that there are plenty of things to do and several ways to do them which can foster the generations of manufacturing.
By AJ Juliani. 2017. <http://ajjuliani.com/maker-movement-matter/>
The ideology behind the movement is to be able to see the world more than what it presents itself to be, seeing past the obvious. On the aspect of consumerism, it is not accepting products as they come rather, finding a way to improvise these products to suit the needs of a variety of people. The project changes how we (as consumers, producers or individuals) about products in the market. If ideas are generated with the help of the project and successfully implemented, the world would be a million miles or ages ahead. The project, even though it places a huge focus on manufacturing, it is also impacting other sectors of the economy such as healthcare, education, as well as financial services. With the project, the coexistence of the local economies and global supply chains can be accomplished.
A much detailed understanding of the project can be found on this link that explores and illustrates the efforts of piecing together what and how the ecosystem appears and provides insights on a number of ways it can impact the general society, cultural perspectives and the overall economy of the country. It focuses on the tools, ideas and also personalities necessary towards driving the project.
Bajarin, Tim. “Why The Maker Movement Is Important To America’s Future.” Time.com. N.p., 2014. Web. 15 Sept. 2017.
MakerTheMovie. YouTube: Maker Trailer – A Documentary On The Maker Movement. 2013. Web. 15 Sept. 2017