All courses by Zachary Alexander

  • MD061: Makerspace Development doesn’t have to be expensive.

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou could make the case that makerspaces represent a new class of infrastructure investment. However, you can’t say that the traditional makerspace business model works for all communities. The traditional makerspace business model works best for relatively affluent regions of the country with dense populations. Unfortunately, these are not […]

  • MD060: Election is over, Time for More Makerspace Development

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs a makerspace developer, you probably wondered what you woke up to the day after the 2016 election. Let me start by warning you that the world has not changed. America still needs to find a way to empower to a larger creative class in order to meet challenges […]

  • MD059: Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor me, holidays are always about children. And no holiday more than Thanksgiving. The reason is that children start with an enormous sense of optimism. As makerspace developers, we must either retain or recapture that can-do attitude. America needs us to re-skill its workers and empower them take on […]

  • MD058: Why Makerspace Development is a lot like Rural Electrification

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRural electrification was the process of bringing electrical power to rural and isolated areas of the United States. The REA or Rural Electrification Administration started in 1936. By 1942, 50% of farms had electricity. And by 1952, about 90% of farms had electricity. A similar effort is needed today […]

  • MD057: Completing the Mission on behalf the Returning Vets

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou may want to talk about “completing the mission,” whenever you talk about helping returning veterans using makerspace development. Otherwise, economic developers may think you’re talking about building a makerspace dedicated solely to returning veterans. Using makerspace development to help vets, generally, entails developing services that address the five […]