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Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future

Tim Bajarin
Tim Bajarin
I met Tim Bajarin at TED 2014 in Vancouver.  We started chatting and I asked "what brings to you TED"?  He explained since 1981 he has served as a consultant to most of the leading hardware and software vendors in the industry including IBM, Apple, Xerox, Hewlett Packard/Compaq, Dell, AT&T, Microsoft, Polaroid, Lotus, Epson, Toshiba and numerous others. He had met and worked with Steve Jobs on a number of occasions and also wrote articles for USA Today, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time and Newsweek magazines, BusinessWeek and most of the leading business and trade publications. The TED Conference is a unique place where when you turn and chat with the unassuming person sitting next to you they often have a decorated history and are at the top of their profession.  In this case I was chatting with a person that had a front seat to the personal computer revolution.

We met up again last weekend at Maker Faire in San Mateo California.  Tim was walking around observing and interviewing people for an article he wrote in TIME titled "Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future".  There have been quite a few articles on 3D Printing and 3D Carving in the last few years.  The hype level on 3D is reached all time highs.  What struck me about Tim's article was the seasoned macro economic perspective that he brought to the details he observed.  The article is a compelling tale told only by someone who was there the first time and can bring that context and experience from the personal computer revolution.

I encourage everyone to read the entire article but if you only have a few seconds read this:

"As someone who has seen firsthand what can happen if the right tools, inspiration and opportunity are available to people, I see the Maker Movement and these types of Maker Faires as being important for fostering innovation. The result is that more and more people create products instead of only consuming them, and it’s my view that moving people from being only consumers to creators is critical to America’s future. At the very least, some of these folks will discover life long hobbies, but many of them could eventually use their tools and creativity to start businesses. And it would not surprise me if the next major inventor or tech leader was a product of the Maker Movement."

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