We do everything for a reason, and quite often this reason is someone else. Creating tech products is no different: making is inherently social. That’s precisely what makes the Maker culture so appalling to me: makers not only acknowledge the fact we build for others, but also with others.
Companies are just people who were led to build things together - goods, products, experiences, emotions. Why are we making a distinction between support, strategic, and operational positions then? It feels counterproductive. If we want to design better products and better services, employees must become makers.
We all would benefit from developing an entrepreneurial mindset, to grow both as individuals and members of different organizations.
The term entrepreneur has a bad connotation. A title only a chosen few can possess. The word maker feels more down to earth: who didn’t make something at some point in life?
There is pleasure in doing something yourself. It’s an act of compassion you have total control over, that you can improve at. A gift of self-worth. When everything crumbles around you, you still have your mind to create.
Making is probably what defines us as humans. It’s universal, there is no civilization without arts and crafts. Embracing our inner maker is a step toward a more fulfilling life.