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Purdue University -- I AM A MAKER Answered

From NBitWonder by way of the MAKE blog, Purdue University has made Makers their Homecoming theme:

I think work should be about making things work. Better. Faster. Smaller. Smarter. So I build bridges between what's known and what's not. I tinker. I toil. I write poetically in an abundance of languages (including code). I hack. I dissect. I have an insatiable desire to un-complicate the complicated. I am easily inspired. I believe that just because it hasn't been thought of doesn't mean it won't be. Potential is my thrill ride. Imagination is my most-used tool. I am a maker, and I am what moves the world forward.

First Obama, now this. What's the world coming to, anyway? Something good, I hope!



7 years ago

I wonder, in the age of globalization, can it be said that countries / etc have market strengths derived from culture.  Creativity in America, for example.

One of my previous colleagues, a 30+ yr PhD Electrical Engineer, had an interesting idea to that effect. He felt it was trite to talk about "the foriegn engineer from ____ that had no practical experience."  More intellegent was to realize different education systems produce different EE's.

American students have much greater access to stocked labratories and workshops- of course those engineers will have more practical experiences.  In some other countries, even text books are shared, so the students will trend towards theoretical strengths.  Compound realities with measurement / grading systems that reward the "best", and you get different "top" engineers.

But that can be a good thing- it's professional diversity.  My colleague argued once you understand this, start using it to your team's advantage.

Perhaps this Maker-meme is a wise investment of American affluence, to stay globally relevant.  We certainly have the $ and time to hack.

You write, "I wonder, in the age of globalization, can it be said that countries / etc have market strengths derived from culture. Creativity in America, for example."

I think that is the whole reason that globalization works as well as it does. The Economist has written on this at great length. The concept is "competitive advantage." Different people/companies/regions/countries can specialize, and do some thing better than others. An efficient market supports that specialization by allowing consumers to access goods from the best available producer.

So, is realization of this the reason Purdue and Obama's administration are pushing the Maker meme?

I suppose we can't exactly know the answer, but looks like wise thinking.