Maker Industries

Maker World - Submitted by Greg Richardson on Aug 15 2013

Maker culture will have moved from a single makerspace to entire maker villages and neighborhoods. Every neighborhood and business park/district will have the equivalent of what we call a makerspace today.

We will have moved from ten employers of a thousand to a thousand employers of ten.

Artists, musicians, filmmakers and crafters will have access to a global marketplace to distribute their products. They will increasingly adopt open-sourced business models (e.g. Sprakfun) where the very design of their products are shared freely.

Social networks and peer financing systems will become the new community banks. Entrepreneurs seeking capital will engage citizens and businesses to become sponsors, contributors and even investors in a long-tail of economic development.

A factory will exist on every desktop and in every retail store. CAD software and design skills will become the new spreadsheet and word processors. Citizens and business will constantly conceive of, modify and build on software representations of needed objects and new ideas. Shipping goods from distance places will give way to producing good at home.

Private sector organizational models will shift away from LLCs and S-Corps, and towards member-owned cooperatives and more nonprofits. Doing good while doing well will become sustainable as a career choice, not a retirement option.

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