dale dougherty – maker spaces

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We are producers & makers more than consumers. You can learn whatever you want.

quote above via talking of maker spaces with Leah on the Learn Creative Learning series (linked on graphic below)

p2pu mit learn to learn

Also liked their take on proof. (fitting to – what about proof – bunker roy – flavors of success – et al)


Dale is the founder of MAKE Magazine:

make magazine

and creator of Maker Faire:

maker faire

CEO of Maker Media. Co-founder of O’Reilly Media.

Find him on rebelmouse http://www.rebelmouse.com/dalepd 

Sebastopol, CA · http://www.dalepd.com/

And via wikipedia

via http://radar.oreilly.com/dale – make magazine et al


maker (documentary) trailer:



via http://clalliance.org/whatsnew-main/dale-dougherty-podcast-make-learning-relevant/

hacking – making things do what you want them to do

heart of maker movement – something very personal but also something very social – connections based on interests

really wasn’t thinking of kids when i started this..

maker faire this yr – 130000 people

on subversive ness – in schools: making is going to cause a significant change.

standardization is antithetical to creativity.. so making – is subversive to that – undermines the status quo

kids will start to demand this as center – and other things squeezed out of the day (rather than the reverse that is happening today)

what we need to hasten  -for entire community.. as the day ness

i’m really fascinated by disengagement in schools..

flipping to practice over theory

maker spaces in schools – new library

maker spaces in libraries

mit – wants more makers – admissions – send a link of what you’ve made

opening building on sat’s for working poor – carnegie was one of those boys

where in the community are we going to help support the development of young people.

seems like we can start any person at any stage of life to making – w/o any pre-reqs

do things where people get their recognition for who they are and what they like to do..

we should understand this differently than Dewey did.. ie: we know the brain lights up when you use your hands… not just doing something old – but something advanced…


We first met up with Dale at bif 6:

Dale Dougherty

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Seeking transformation in ed

I love to learn – why I get out of bed

When I was in school I wanted to be out of school

I wanted to make books

I’m finding more and more sources of learning in more and more places

Risk for the mill (symbol of the industrial revolution, harvesting water to do something useful)

Bahil water mill

Easy to understand how it works – but how did it get made

1795 – explained and described operation and construction of a mill

1805 – book how rail could connect the world

compulsive urge to connect

Zeal to guide young men

Evans dies in 1815, and can find it on google reader, young mill – wright

Early days – got money before published, printed who subscribed, in this book george washington, and thomas jefferson

We’ve published those kinds of books, not ones that you’d sit at home and read, but if you wanted to learn something…

Magic – is that we got to know the readers – that’s the new

3d printer

Make – wanted to publish the instructions of how to do stuff, not just learn, but do things

Makers are playing with tech – capture idea of play – that’s how we learn


No formal ed requirement here

Find others

Commit time to practice

Look for chance to perform and get feedback

Maker faire

80000 people over a few days

Swinging in the rain

Quad copter

Computer controlled orchestra consisting of billy bass fish – the guy is a physicist

Kids learn to sodder – doing with hands

Diy – you can learn to do anything

That’s a power

Our ed system doesn’t give people that power

When’s the last time you heard – give me some of that stem stuff

The way it makes connections in the community

Ed is everywhere

Every person we meet, everything we do, creates value for ourselves and for our lives

Saul – nothing more important than mentoring people, recent project



5 min in first video – Ben’s maker faire experience..

6 min in

he recovered in his health


may 2015 – father of maker movement on breaking rules et al


If you look in their eyes, you see the same joy and passion today that I saw at our first Maker Faire. You sense a child-like curiosity and wonder that never seems to age. They may look different in other ways, have new things to demo including 3D printers and drones, but makers are still having fun and enjoying each other.

edSurge: If money was no problem, what would be in your perfect makerspace?

Dougherty: It would look like a village where you had all kinds of people who knew how to make all kinds of things, and you could spend time learning from them, having them show you how they use their tools or work with materials. Some would be scientists and engineers; architects and designers; artists and craftsmen. I’d also have people who knit and weld, those who love model trains or Legos. I’d like to see all those people with their own interests and personalities working on their own and working together. What makes a makerspace awesome are the people who know how to do things and love what they do.

in the city. as the day. a nother way.


I have to say I hate it when making is some contrived exercise. You know, someone hands out a bag of parts and then asks people to demonstrate how they can be creative problem-solvers. I immediately want to go do something else more interesting.


What interests me about makers is that they don’t seem to pay much attention to titles and credentials. They will attempt to do things just to experiment, usually without asking anyone’s permission. This is a kind of freedom that many professionals never experience for themselves.


Making represents the kind of informal learning that happens mostly outside of school. Part of me didn’t want to see it in school because it would lose its magic if it was to become defined as curriculum. I want making to flourish as something we do because we discover it and love to do it — not because we are forced to do it. I’ve also come to think that rather than having making fit into school, we should transform our schools so that this kind of informal learning is given greater emphasis and so-called formal learning de-emphasized.

compulsion ness


maker movement


learning more about Dale in reading Tim‘s weaving the web..

ie: first www wizards workshop (1994) .. in cambridge… set up by dale dougherty… who again quietly managed to gather the flock.