What does it mean to be a maker?
When you look at the face a Maker, you know that look. You understand the excitement, because it's indistinguishable from just about anything else. A Maker is someone who doesn't let anything get in the way of their creativity- whether that's cooking, tinkering, programming, painting- you name it. For a Maker, time stands still, because there is no greater feeling than being in the moment of ideas, of invention, of problem solving, and of enlightenment that being a 21st century maker can offer.
What are you doing in the Maker community?
I recently just completed organizing and running the Palatine Mini Maker Faire- the first of its kind in the Chicago suburbs. Our goal is to bring the community together around making, and help folks understand why this is so important and what making is really all about. With almost 1000 attendees, we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
Who are some other Makers you admire and why?
I can't get enough of Elon Musk. He's not afraid to say that SpaceX's goal is to "go to Mars," or that Tesla's goal is to "accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy." The things he's making on a massive scale, address large, underlying economical and global problems. I teach kids to be problem solvers first, and Elon is a great example of the Design Thinker's mindset. If you address a problem- your product should be the solution.