Shipping Included

I’ve been listening to Seth Godin’s Linchpin audio book.  In his work, he refers to the concept of “shipping” as the notion of getting your creative works before an audience – often, early.  The idea of failing early and quickly, in addition to iterating rapidly is also referred to in Stanford’s D.School Design Thinking Process Guide  talk.

I know, I know… getting your ideas in front of an audience can be intimidating, but it’s one path in the pursuit of learning, growing and improving.  As a perfectionist and as one who constantly questions my work, I usually wait until the ninth hour to ship.  This way, I protect myself from the critique and much-needed feedback I could actually benefit from.  Crazy huh?  I hold no guilt, however, as I know of others who, like myself fail to get their creative works before others.  One such example is this blog.  As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve contemplated this blog’s genesis over five years ago. But it’s all good you know… I’ve done it and here it is.

I digress… In this blog post, I wanted to connect the idea of shipping to the construction of the Maker Space I am working on.  I am attempting to capture images of it along the way, as this “space” is not a dedicated “space”.  Instead, it resides in the corner of one of the rooms in our library.  Here are a few images of that space… While this space is in no way what I have fully envisioned, it’s a start.  In additional to material items and goods, I also wanted to provide some inspirational reading material.  I am hoping to use the vinyl cutter to create a few quotes for posting in the space.  Stay tuned.  More to come.

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Makerspace R & D

Since my last post and thanks to Laura Fleming’s Worlds of Making, I’ve been able to gather additional information and insight on creating the Makerspace I envision.  As mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to devote some thought towards why such a space is needed and important and how I would articulate this to a community.  One thing I tend to do is wait until something is perfected before sharing it – totally contrary to the idea of a Makerspace.  Makerspaces are all about creating safe spaces to risk and fail forward.  In that same spirit, I have come up with the following mission for this space:

“To cultivate a community of learners, who are open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives, cross-generational learning and shared learning experiences through material goods. Learners of all ages are welcome.”
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After giving this some thought, I set about with some of the more easier planning considerations, such as location, budget and supplies, programming and advertising, among a range of other things, which I hope to cover in later posts… Laura’s book shared so many useful resources to assist me during this phase.
An essential, but often overlooked component is that of community engagement.  Engaging the members of your community will not only be important to launching such a space, but will contribute to its longevity and community influence.  Part of my planning involved creating an informal committee of students who helped to shape what they wanted to see in such a space.  Students were involved throughout the process from advertisement and community engagement , to having them brainstorm what projects they would like to work on in the space.  The students even created a survey to come up with a name for our venture.   Exciting times!
Stay tuned, there’s more to come…

til next time,
– theberknologist has spoken

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