Another Maker Faire has come and gone. As always it was an inspiring event, full of creativity and excitement. On Saturday morning, while having an early cup of coffee, I posted a bit about the Maker Community on Facebook. This is what I wrote:
“One thing I love about the Maker community…. When I do events with Steve as my back-up, and someone has a question about the project, especially the science or tech behind it, they almost ALWAYS direct the question to Steve first. It is assumed he’s the one in charge and has the knowledge, while I’m there as his support.
The dynamic is generally different at Maker. Heck, I’ve had folks ask my daughter, “How does this work?” There is no assumption that the guy must be at the helm. And man, I cannot tell you how much of a difference that can make, when it comes to feeling confident and engaged in what you’re doing.
It’s a subtle difference, but even at 41, I respond to the gentle cue that my voice, my ideas, my skill and my knowledge are actually valued.
And if it means that much to me, think about how much is can mean to all the young girls looking to find their voice, their place in the world of science and technology.”
I was surprised by the chord it struck for many of my friends. Apparently, many of us have had similar experiences, and sincerely appreciate a place where we can be valued for our minds and hearts. I hope you have found such a place as well. If not, I encourage you to reach out to your local makers, creators and innovators. Share your ideas and change the world, just a little bit at a time.