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Maker City Playbook Launches
We are happy to announce the release of "From Maker Cities to Open Cities: How the Maker Mindset & Technology are Reinventing Urban Life," Chapter 9 in the Maker City Playbook: A practical guide to reinvention in American cities in conjunction with the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy and the 2016 National Week of Making (June 17 - June 23).
The Maker City Playbook is a project funded by the Kauffman Foundation with support from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Institute for the Future. Authored by Peter Hirshberg, Dale Dougherty, and Marcia Kadanoff with IFTF's Rod Falcon, the book is designed to help cities understand the Maker movement and the impact it is having on economic opportunity: ecosystem development, education, advanced manufacturing, workforce development, and real estate. The team interviewed 50 Makers in more than 20 cities across the United States to get a comprehensive view of how Makers are changing our cities for the better, creating the next wave of economic opportunity.
This sneak peak consists of a sample chapter from the full Playbook, expected mid-summer 2016, which includes forecasts from our map, Open Cities: How the maker mindset & technology are reinventing urban life.
The free chapter download will get you on the mailing list to be notified when the full PDF version of the Maker City Playbook becomes available to the public.
Related IFTF Research
The Future of Making
The steam engine sparked the Industrial Revolution, the assembly line transformed industry, and standardized shipping catalyzed a truly global and interconnected economy. Now new ways of making are transforming our world once again. The tools to make literally anything are increasingly available to anyone. Open source electronics platforms, 3D printing technology, and community makerspaces with sophisticated industrial tools are rewriting the rules of production to enable anyone to be a maker. This global culture has a name—the maker movement. View IFTF's research on the future of making:
- Open Cities Map + Toolkit
- Maker Cities Immersion Experiences
- The Future of Making Map
- Wikipedia for Making: creating a universal grammar for manufacturing
- The Emerging World of Open Fabrication
- Bio:Made, an Exhibit of Future Creations
The Future of Cities
Cities are where we face the future first. As the world continues to become more urban, the best place to anticipate the future trends and complex social problems—from aging to infant mortality, from production of hardware to farming of food—will be in cities. IFTF has been researching and forecasting the future of cities for years and offers resources for urban planners, policymakers, community activists and organizers, and citizens, including:
For more information about IFTF's Technology Horizons program and our Open Cities research, contact: