Maker Spaces that Reflect Their Community’s Diversity #4thOfJuly #AmericanMakers
How do we ensure that the excellent Maker Spaces all around the United States reflect their communities? At Adafruit we’ve worked to make sure that we are part of New York City. How do Maker Spaces do the same thing? Here’s more from WGBH:
Maker spaces, sometimes referred to as hacker spaces or fab labs, are member-groups where people build DIY projects using shared tools. You could build a bench, a picture frame, a robot or your own drone. These spaces were partly devised to take the concepts of science and technology out of the ivory tower and into communities, to benefit the people who don’t already have access to the things that Technocopia has.
But the maker space movement struggles with diversity, “across the board, across the country,” said Dorothy Jones-Davis, president of Nation of Makers, a national maker space organization. A 2018 study done by her organization surveyed hundreds of makers and found that maker space users and leadership were over two thirds male and around 85 percent white.
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