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Five ways the Maker Movement can help catalyze a manufacturing renaissance

By January 4, 2017 No Comments

brookings-blueBy Mark Muro and Peter Hirshberg

Amid the hoopla of celebrating a deal to save 800 jobs at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indiana last month, President-elect Donald Trump promised to usher in a “new industrial revolution“—one that sounded as much like a social awakening as a manufacturing one.

And maybe those gestures will help.

However, there is another way to think about touching off an industrial revival in America that brings back economic growth, opportunity, and decent jobs for blue-collar workers.

That approach would embrace the Maker Movement as a deeply American source of decentralized creativity for rebuilding America’s thinning manufacturing ecosystems.

To read more, please go to The Avenue, the Brookings Institution blog.

About the Authors

Mark Muro is the Senior Fellow and Policy Director – Metropolitan Policy Program.

Peter Hirshberg is the Co-author – “Maker City: A Practical guide for Reinventing Our Cities” and the Founder of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts & City Innovate Foundation