Maker City works with cities and towns and the private sector to create new forms of civic engagement, economic development, and ultimately transformation. Headed up by Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff, the firm acts as a catalyst to public-private partnerships, builds thought leadership for companies interested in providing local leadership, and helps drive more intelligent investment strategies.
Clients include: McClatchy Company, the largest local newspaper franchise in the U.S., Swytch.io building data infrastructure to accelerate the switch to renewable energy, and with and an Opportunity Zone Fund still in stealth mode as it raises $250M. Previously, we worked with and advised Transloc on how to grow their on-demand mobility business, which resulted in the sale of the company to Ford Motors.
Our heritage includes developing urban prototyping and the Market Street Prototyping festival which pioneered citizen engagement in placemaking in both the public and private realm.
In 2016, we wrote the book on the Maker City in conjunction with the Obama White House and its Office of Science and Technology Policy. The book – entitled Maker City: A Practical Guide to Reinventing American Cities – went on to become a bestseller in the entrepreneurship and urban & regional planning categories on Amazon.
We Wrote the Book
On how cities and towns can start taking back their future through new forms of civic engagement and economic development.
We called it “Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities” (2018) and it became a best seller. You can read the book online on Medium. Or better yet, buy it on Amazon.