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Our Future Remade by 'Maker Culture'

Apr 08, 2010, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Savithri Sastri, Colin Schultz, Mark Melnychuk, Julianne Hazlewood)

[ Thanks to Barbara Irwin for this link. ]

"In the past, businesses had to spend a lot of money on licensing software. Now they can use free open source programs like Linux. The cost of starting a company has decreased so more people are doing it, Thompson said. "Open source catalyses the free market and speeds up capitalism."

"People making things and sharing ideas is the heart of maker culture so if you want to run a successful business, make some friends. In the maker world, social capital can be more valuable than investment capital. Cory Doctorow buys that. He's an activist, a sci-fi author and a maker who's most recent work is called Makers.

""Sharing has a direct benefit to people who are making," said Doctorow. "Other people will help you make stuff better." His book explores what the future might look like if maker culture goes mainstream."

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