The Importance of Maker Spaces



At the monthly Maker Friends Toronto meet-up at Mozilla’s Hive Headquarters in the downtown core, we connected with others in our maker community. A thought was sparked, a point was made, and we were inspired to write an article about the historical importance of community spaces and what it means in our world now.

Makerspaces are popping-up on a Global level. In Canada, the Textile Museum of Canada has launched Making Makers to connect the national maker community, mapping each space on their crowd-sourced platform. There are a slew of these co-working spaces focused on innovation in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, each one with its own ethos and focus.

Makerspaces all derive their core ethics from different sources, but regardless of what school of thought you belong to, there is a golden thread that runs through all makerspaces: They are a pooling together of resources that allow inventors and artisans to create technology and art that impacts our world.

With an economy that is in deep recession world-wide, wealth disparity, and a lack of movement in finance with money being accrued and stagnating in one small group, we are left with less but want to create something better. Given the current global economy, it is no surprise that this way of working together in a community has resurfaced as a viable environment. A space populated by a group can better provide the cutting-edge tools and materials needed to further artistic and technological efforts while creating a far more budget-friendly office option for makers.

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction

~Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso once said that “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” This seems to ring true throughout history. From periods of dark political and financial unrest have come our greatest advancements in civilization, and our most enlightened periods have been sparked. Throughout our history, humanity has always arisen from its darkest hour, building anew with their community.

Makerspaces are yet another effect of a dark hour. These spaces foster education and critical thinking, build strong communities that support one another, create industry, and spark innovation.

We are proud to be a part of the Maker community and to be connected with so many incredible and like-minded innovators. If you are involved in the community, or are a designer or creator, and would like to attend these meetings, message @MakeFriendsTO on Twitter!