Tonight, President Barrack Obama will speak to the American people about his strategy for addressing the threat posed by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Hopefully, President Obama will also make the case for providing additional help for military communities. Even if he doesn’t, this should be a call to arms for makerspace developers and those who support military communities.
Military families need more makerspace development. They need the kind of opportunities that public makerspaces provide. Opportunities to enter the creative class. Post-Globalism, the creative class is the most economically sustainable class in American society. This group was first describe by Richard Florida in his book called, “Rise of the Creative class.” It has changed how Americans view the nature of work.
Because of the Internet, creatives (i.e. members of the creative class) can apply their trade anywhere in the world. Many can do it from coffee shops like Starbucks or sandwich shops like Panera. Spouses of service members could do the same at military community centers. Additional makerspace development at these community centers would mean that they could do more.
Less than 1 percent of Americans served in the military during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This meant that military families bore the burden of those wars with multiple extended deployments. Service members may fought on for the person fighting next to them. However, military and lesser industrialized communities were also stretched thin by the need for additional services.
This time the American people need to do more than pay lip service to the sacrifices of military families. It is a moral outrage that so many military families require public assistance. They need to be provided with public makerspaces so that they can augment the income that their spouses receive from the military. What they don’t need is an uncaring country that would rather give them a handout instead of a hand up.