Author: Nick Taylor

Nick is a Lecturer and Dundee Fellow who researches technology to support communities and civic engagement. Read more at: www.nick-taylor.co.uk

Making Community: The Wider Role of Makerspaces in Public Life

We’re very happy to have had a paper accepted into CHI 2016 based on the makerspaces survey we carried out in the early stages of In the Making. 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.

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Four Makerspaces and a Shed

Over the past three months, I’ve been doing site visits to maker and hacker spaces across Scotland. For the first phase of In the Making, we’re surveying existing facilities in the UK to identify what opportunities and challenges they might present to disabled users. I wanted to share here some early findings about the different types of spaces and a particularly inspiring visit to Westhill Men's Shed.

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