Why Maker Faire?
Dale Dougherty published this article in Medium about why the Maker Faire is important. My favorite excerpt:
Maker Faire “is a cultural event that celebrates our ability to create, build, invent, tinker and make things that are wonderful. It’s an opportunity to get hands-on with new technology and tools. Makers love to share their clever and fascinating projects along with their know-how. More importantly, at Maker Faire we get to experience maker culture — its joy, enthusiasm, generosity, and optimism. Maker Faire connects each of us to the world around and to makers all around the world.
Every child should have this experience for themselves. It opens their eyes and their minds. This is not something that they will experience on television or iPads. Or learn at school.
Maker culture is different than consumer culture, which tells us that we will be satisfied only when we can buy something. Participation in maker culture offers the deeper satisfaction of curiosity, exploration and problem-solving. It rewards us for developing our talents and being resourceful and resilient. You can’t buy what you find here at Maker Faire.
Come be part of a maker community that is open and inclusive of all kinds of people of all ages and abilities. Makers share a common toolset and skillset but it is their mindset that allows them to thrive in an ever-changing world.” Full article here.