The Maker Effect

Throughout the world, individuals calling themselves “makers” learn together, educate others, and openly share their innovative ideas so that others can build on their innovations. These actions are leading to rapid improvements in tools such as 3D printers, the design of new products across all categories, and the creation of businesses and jobs.

Today’s makers are providing the knowledge, skills, and tools to anyone willing to take ownership of their own future – democratizing innovation in the way that the invention of the printing press, the rise of personal computing, and the proliferation of the internet did in previous innovation cycles.

As our cities struggle to fund STEM / STEAM education, makers create places and inspire children (and adults) to learn; as we look for sustainability solutions, makers find innovative ways to repurpose products and manufacture locally; as we see large companies downsizing, makers are using crowdfunding to launch products, start businesses, and create jobs.

The Maker Effect is the sum of the personal growth, professional success, community development, and continuous innovation that results when makers learn, educate, share, and create together. 

Maker Mindset Assessment

The Maker Effect Foundation is conducting a research study to understand the personality traits and non-technical skills used by makers when working alone and in teams. We hope to answer questions such as: “What are the common strengths of makers?”, “How do maker communities create community success?”, “Why should I hire makers?”, etc. The results of this study will be part of an upcoming publication from The Maker Effect Foundation.

This research is conducted via a short, online individual assessment. We have licensed the Entrepreneurial Dimensions Profile™ assessment from the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College for this research. This is normally $45, however it will be provided to makers participating in this study at no charge.

Dimensions Assessed:

Preference for Limited Structure
Risk Acceptance
Action Orientation
Need to Achieve
Future Focus
Idea Generation
Interpersonal Sensitivity

Enroll in the Maker Mindset Assessment

Please share this research project with your maker friends, family, and co-workers!

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