We all need spaces to be creative, and the planet needs more of use to reuse and repurpose our gadgets, appliances and machinery. That’s why makerspaces matter. There are thousands of makerspaces worldwide. Inside their walls members will find bandsaws, routers, welding equipment, 3D printers and even DNA sequencing equipment. Because who wouldn’t want to be an amateur microbioengineer?
We recently visited two makerspaces in Toronto – hacklab.to and the Site 3 CoLaboratory. We discovered that makerspaces, now well established in science centres and libraries, haven’t abandoned their DIY grassroots. And, those roots go back to 1968 and the first editions of The Whole Earth Catalogue. That publication provided “good tools, for good people” and encouraged self-sufficiency and the cultivation of the skills to make your own, fix your broken and never toss what that which you can open and tinker with.
Makerspaces have re-imagined that ethos and now include courses and tools that can teach members everything from woodworking, welding, sewing and robotics. Make of that, what you will.
Wayne is a digital strategist with extensive experience in traditional, online and communication strategy development. He has assisted clients like Random House (where he helped establish digital outreach programs), the Association of Science and Technology Centers, McMaster Family Medicine, rabble.ca, University of Toronto, Engineering reimagine their communications strategies for an emerging media landscape and new audiences. Wayne brings three decades of rich media content creation, a background in journalism and the ability to creatively understand brand and messaging and create new platforms and opportunities for Moongate’s clients. He has taught and developed online content creation and communications for a variety of colleges and universities in Ontario.