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The Maker Effect Foundation
« on: February 09, 2014, 07:36:06 PM »


In October, Candy and I traveled to Prague. She was about to finish her MBA, and we were having increasingly long "What's next" conversations. Today, we are proud to announce what came from those conversations...but first, some back story. Those "What's Next" conversations were a flashback to 2010 when I was finished with school - I was 36 and had actively balanced my family, work, and school commitments as for as long as I could remember. When I finished with school - I was very lost. I wanted to give back to the community in some way, but hadn't found a way to give back that was both meaningful, and intellectually stimulating.

I went back to electronics, learning on my own schedule - not that of a professor. I started sharing this learning with my boys - and we made things - and more things. We started the Raising Geeks blog to share what we made. Along the way we bought a 3D printer kit, then visited this group called FamiLAB because they knew about 3D printers. I started hanging out with them, then working collaboratively with them - even though it was just "some geeks in a storage unit." Before long, I was a member, then treasurer. I met a guy named Dave Casey, and we started Orlando Mini Maker Faire with our friends from FamiLAB. We produced an amazing event, and made new friends along the way, like Pat Starace. LIfe was good, and it was great being able to go to events like PechaKucha Orlando with Adam and talk about all the amazing things we were doing with our friends.

We kept growing FamiLAB, I did a TEDxOrlando talk with help of the very awesome Jessica Eson King, and we formed a great partnership with Orlando Science Center to produce yet another Maker Faire. Maker startups like DeltaMaker,Animatronicshop, Gadgetcat, Monkey Wrench Manufacturing, and Sunshine Incubator seemed to be forming all the time - and giving back to the community by hiring FamiLAB members, sponsoring Orlando Mini Maker Faire, and generally helping anyone in our circle of makers.

Its funny - I'd stopped looking for the way to give back - and still found it.

When Candy and I discussed her "What's Next" last year, she talked of my efforts with the maker community - but she felt left out since she'd been working on her MBA for the last 15 months. We talked about how she could get involved, and kept kicking around ideas. We met with friends, shared our plans, and asked for their help. Candy finished school, quit her job, and for the past 3 months has been working on this new plan full time.

We (Candy, Jessica, Dave, Ann & I) are happy to present The Maker Effect Foundation - and we hope you will visit our website at www.themakereffect.org to learn all about it.

We are launching the website today (and ramping up social media, etc. over the next few days), and are also immediately launching the research project for our first publication (yes, I'm finally writing the book!). We welcome your feedback / questions (especially if you find a misspelling, broken link), etc!


There are SO many people that have joined us and supported us on this journey. Thank you all!


Since you are all makers - the research enrollment IS open - please enroll! :)



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Re: The Maker Effect Foundation
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014, 12:32:16 PM »
I enrolled! Its pretty easy to enroll, only takes a few minutes.




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Re: The Maker Effect Foundation
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014, 08:44:39 AM »
I enrolled.
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Re: The Maker Effect Foundation
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 08:55:37 AM »
Thank you both :)

We've had over 40 makers take the assessment so far - and our target over the next 4+ weeks is to reach 400. We appreciate your help in both taking the assessment, and in promoting it to other makers.