We Are Makers tells the story of the Maker Movement.
It’s the story not of tools but of people. A publisher. An entrepreneur. A design professor. A middle school teacher. Two museum educators. And a creative director.
Each provides an important viewpoint on why new technologies and communities of making are bringing us back to something deeply human.
"I'd like to think of it as … in some ways I gave it a name, to something that already was happening and that people did, but they tend to think of it narrowly, and I gave it a general name - maker.
They said - oh I like robotics, I like to do weaving, and they would never see a connection between the two and I said: you know, all these things people do are connected. I think a lot of making has less economic necessity driving it and more like a form of personal expression.
This thing that I do is what connects me to other people … and I get to be known as the crazy guy that does something, but in many ways it initiates me into communities of people…
It is a kind of social currency. It's more like a network. It is something which is distributed and people join it just by saying "I'm a maker". "