We champion making as an essential part of interactive learning and creativity at iOi and Imagination Matters, but the importance of the practice is about more than just engagement. Much of the western world is moving towards a consumer culture, removed from the invention and manufacture of the technology we rely on. What happens to a generation when both are restricted from their experience? In this podcast from Recode Decode, a group of makers discuss safeguarding knowledge through making.
Over the past decade, the idea of making things because you can — even though you don’t strictly need to — has blossomed into a full-on “maker movement” in the U.S. And just this year, the movement reached a new milestone of mainstream popularity in the NBC reality show Making It, hosted by Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.
But on this episode of Recode Decode, Mike Senese and Dale Dougherty — the editor in chief of Make Magazine and the founder of the Maker Faire, respectively — said they have concerns that the inertial culture of buying-rather-than-making is winning out in the U.S.