Kia Ora from Aotearoa (NZ),
I’m privileged to have the opportunity to embark on my Masters degree & my research/project is around Makers, MakerSpaces, etc (our whole movement/meme).
The entire topic is incredibly broad - not helped at all that the the “Maker” moniker is equally so - it only seems sensible to come discuss some ideas with this Community to help me hone in on something that I/we can contribute value back to the Commons.
My research topic is not FabLabs per-se (even as it is an important part of the overall), or even MakerSpaces in particular (as I consider them somewhat ephemeral), but rather looking at the bigger picture: Communities as Meta-spaces.
I feel that I may be starting to flounder in a sea of information; it’s may be quite possible/libely that my question(s) is ill-defined:
“How can (we?) remove barriers-to-Access to as many People in the Community to foster a more Diverse & Creative Maker-ecosystem”
“What’s needed in a platform to empower the Maker-Community to pursue their passions while supporting resilience & market viability?”
I’ve found the Fab City work quite informative in this & resonated strongly with me, so I’m wondering if working on this might be an appropriate use of my time, though I am not confident of the outcome at this stage. (it’s a larger project than I can take on at this stage)
A more immediate outcome I feel is simply gathering good information on the local landscape; the Labs Map is pretty & goes a little way to address a need, I think, but does not go far enough or provide qualitative context for what I think is needed.
Posting here as a primer, as I’d like to discuss these ideas further, and if anyone have any insights or could direct me to information or resources online that would help in this endeavour, that would be greatly appreciated.