If one were to have been walking around on the White House’s South Lawn on June 18th, 2014, they would have found the normally empty green pasture filed with numerous technologies ranging from a robotic giraffe to a 3-D papercraft dinosaur. In about five months’ time, we will be celebrating the three-year anniversary of the first ever White House Maker Faire. Hosted by President Barack Obama to inspire makers and builders across America, President Obama emphasized the importance and promise of the Maker Movement in the 21st century. Through the increased availability of new jobs and technology as well as the democratization of manufacturing, inventing and building innovative things is becoming easier than ever.
However, in such a digitally focused workforce, people have worried that the physical work associated with the Maker Movement will not incorporate well with today’s Internet based economy. Micha Kaufman, CEO of Fiverr, an online platform that connects freelancers with clients, believes that in the next decade the Maker Movement and the globalization of our economy in the Internet will converge and could represent as much as fifty percent of the workforce. She believes that the gig economy can save the American worker as artists, designers, writers, programmers, and other new entrepreneurs will thrive in independent contractor situations.
The rise of companies like Uber and Airbnb are allowing the gig economy to include people offering one-time skills in multiple sectors. This expansion will give way to a full incorporation of the Maker Movement. Many people will be selling their work through gigs ranging from woodworking services to 3-D printing jobs. This integration will create new jobs as well as ensuring the economy will be more inclusive. We at Makers4Good love that the White House has taken such an interest in the Maker Movement and are excited to see the ever-growing movement influencing the economy for the better.