Making community: the wider role of makerspaces in public life

Nicholas Taylor, Ursula Hurley, Philip Connolly

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Makerspaces—public workshops where makers can share tools and knowledge—are a growing resource for amateurs and professionals alike. While the role of makerspaces in innovation and peer learning is widely discussed, we attempt to look at the wider roles that makerspaces play in public life. Through site visits and interviews at makerspaces and similar facilities across the UK, we have identified additional roles that these spaces play: as social spaces, in supporting wellbeing, by serving the needs of the communities they are located in and by reaching out to excluded groups. Based on these findings, we suggest implications and future directions for both makerspace organisers and community researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '16
Subtitle of host publication Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
EventCHI 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016 (Link to conference website)


ConferenceCHI 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Internet address

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