Learning to build things for yourself can generate a better understanding of how things are made, the efforts necessary to perform the work, and the dynamics they generate in society. The questions arise: Is it worth it? Would it be cheaper if I buy it instead? Should I throw this out or repair it? The process of repairing, building, and making things for ourselves can give us the answers to these questions.
Just as working in an orchard can give us a better understanding of the effort it takes to produce our food, we gain an understanding of the value of that effort beyond the law of supply and demand. Though working in an orchard won't necessarily make us novice or expert farmers, it generates and expands our understanding of all that goes into the work of food production. Like the orchard, a MakerSpace of creation and repair can help us to understand what we need and how we should acquire it.
We want to create a space that encourages the community to work together to solve problems that are presented to us on a daily basis. Those who join this project will arrive with the conviction to seek help and to learn how to do new things, as well as share their knowledge in other areas. This space will operate much like a café, where people can come together, discuss, share their ideas and knowledge, and work to repair—not only what is broken physically—but perhaps also our society at large. The MakerSpace is equipped with the tools necessary to repair all sorts of different items, big and small, and through this, we hope that the community can unite further together.
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