It is well known that traditional models of learning do not work well. We know that kids learn best when they are in a small peer group and have access to same information – like through Google. (see data from “hole in the wall experiments” and “school in the cloud”). Maybe we don’t need formal teaching and buildings. Maybe all we need is facilitators and ad hoc meeting places for these peer groups. Co-working and co-learning spaces are the fastest growing activity everywhere in the world. Why are we spending so much on new schools and colleges based on a traditional model?? What would future alternative models look like?? Will they crop up organically based on livelihood needs rather than political or economic mandates? We want to discuss, debate and explore these questions deeply. Maker fest is only one activity that can enable such dialogue and action. We are thrilled by the results and Maker fest seems to be taking off in various cities in India and abroad. Without much help from us.Our dream is that young makers everywhere will get inspired by what we do and create their own little maker events/hubs in their own communities. We will be delighted and honored to help.
What is Maker Fest?
Maker fest is an informal local event typically organized by volunteers/change makers like you and me. From once to several times a year, small groups of like minded people gather local volunteers in their own community (university, neighborhood, village, apartment complex) and decide to celebrate the makers they know – who have good social, environmental and economic impact in their local communities.
We believe that some makers may start small, but could have an enormous impact even globally.
For example : a tinkerer in the village of Chotila plays around with a few materials and designs and comes up with a fabulous local refrigerator – now widely adopted and recognized as Mittikool.
Two students and a professor play around with a hospital database and create new search algorithms.And out comes Google.
In our own Ahmedabad an enterprising man from South Africa, and his friends decide to work with local industrialists to find a space, gather regularly and collaborate on how to free India from foreign rule. With great success.
Every trans formative act starts small. By people exactly like you and me.
A Maker fest can be organized at different scales. Some can be as small as a handful of makers gathering in your backyard or under a nice shady tree in your village, to thousands coming from all over the world. Like at Maker Faire California (our biggest source of inspiration) and Maker Faire Africa (originally funded by our own founder).
In Maker fest Ahmedabad we invite makers from various parts of the world to share and exchange their ideas, activities, art, workshops, products and services with makers in Ahmedabad. In a three day event that celebrates and showcases these collaborations, we host demos of the products, workshops and talks.
From ages 5 to 90, ours is a self organized community of innovators, inventors, tinkerers, students, craftsmen, scientists, artists, technologists, designers and doctors that believe that our current times allow us an unprecedented opportunity to innovate, problem solve and design for our own local communities in small flexible groups.
Basically people like you and me who believe that we are all agents of change for good – if we act. Action is critical in this global phenomenon
Ideate, build and share.