Maker movement and hope in a developing country context: A community empowered through hope and creativity
Keywordsinternational development, purposeful maker-spaces, community empowerment, human centered, Cape Town, South Africa.
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AbstractAs the world’s systems are shifting from an industrial economy where a centralized and individualistic mindset dominates to a creative economy where collaboration and empowerment are prominent, many of our larger institutions are being challenged as ineffective. Certain trends are gaining traction in alignment with a more decentralized model. The maker movement’s ecosystem has expanded and fueled entrepreneurial activities, social innovation labs have emerged across the globe aimed at collaboratively solving complex social problems, and technology continues to evolve to enable greater shared access to information, people, ideas and funds. This research will explore the intersection of these themes in the context of international development. It will examine how peer led and purposeful maker-spaces can increase individual and community empowerment, contributing to a more human centered approach to strengthening start up ecosystems in developing countries. A case study will focus on the approach taken by Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), a social innovation lab located outside Cape Town, South Africa.
Blanchard, Michelle (2014) Maker movement and hope in a developing country context: A community empowered through hope and creativity. [MRP]