Who Are Makers?

Generally, we define makers in two ways:

  • Problem Solvers vs Problem Finders
  • Producers vs Consumers

At DHF, even though our programs are focused on technology, we operate under the assumption that everyone is a maker. There are many different forms of making and we welcome every type of maker into our staff and programs.

What Do Makers Make?

Here is a list of some of the forms of making. Take notice of the wide variety and consider what type of makers you want to foster in your programs.

  • Weaving
  • Sewing
  • Hardware Development
  • Cooking
  • Writing
  • Knitting
  • Paper Crafting
  • Software Development
  • Woodworking
  • Building
  • Photography
  • Digital Media
  • 3D Printing
  • Metal Smithing
  • Painting

These are just a few of the many forms of making, just a sample. Some of the most interesting projects develop when two or more of these forms are combined!

Traits of a Maker

These are some of the traits we have observed in professional makers as well as the youth we work with each day.

  • Comfortable with the unknown
  • Take initiative
  • Understand how to learn
  • Cross-Discipline approach
  • Make, Fail, Learn, Repeat
  • Share and Teach others

Dale Dougherty TED Talk – “We Are Makers”

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