New Release: Free to Make
Categories: New Release Society & Politics
How the Maker Movement is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds
Since founding MAKE: Magazine in 2005 and the Maker Faire in 2006, Dale Dougherty has been on the front lines of a worldwide renaissance of creating, designing, modifying, inventing, and personalizing. In his book Free to Make, Dougherty acts as a tour guide to the spectacular, hope-filled global phenomenon that we now call the Maker Movement.
While books like The Maker Movement Manifesto and Chris Anderson’s Makers focus on the movement’s impact on business and industry, Dougherty’s work goes beyond commerce, exploring the personal and social implications of making.
Making in all its forms—from knitting to blacksmithing—cultivates a sense of agency, empowering all of us to realize our potential as creators, builders, and shapers of the world around us. Rather than engaging with the world passively, makers are empowered to actively address the challenges we face—from urban decay to climate change. Dougherty then puts forward a blueprint for systemically integrating “making” into our educational system to redress what he calls the “tactile-deficit” syndrome increasingly endemic to Western children.
About the Author
DALE DOUGHERTY is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, CA. Maker Media produces MAKE: Magazine, which launched in 2005, and the Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. 100 Faires all over the world drew 550,000 attendees in 2013. In the spring of 2014, the White House hosted its first Maker Faire. Dougherty was born in 1955 in Los Angeles and grew up in Louisville, KY. He was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN, the first commercial website, in 1993. He coined “Web 2.0” in 2003. MAKE started at O’Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013. In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business.