Describing what success looks like is one the most difficult tasks that has be undertaken at the beginning of every project/program. This task is doubly difficult for those who are under taking makerspace development for the first time. There are no historical trends that you can lash on to as you define the foundation of what your project/program will look like in the end.
This is why makerspace development as a design discipline is crying out for an effort within the community to agree upon a common language. As you know, the core of makerspace development is really about empowering a larger creative class. It’s not about simply manufacturing more new things. It’s about providing pathways for millions of Americans into the creative class.
As the trajectory of new jobs creation starts to level out, there will be a need for new sources of jobs growth. Small companies are the natural sources of new job creation. However, the current rate of deflation and disinflation will make it difficult to convince banks and wealthy Americans like angel investors to part with their money. This means that the majority of small companies will need to be self-funded.
Furthermore, this will represent the optimum time for more makerspace development. It would be better for you and your community if you didn’t have to slow down to define the mechanics of makerspace development. It would be better if the initial education process for makerspace development had already taken place. That’s the rationale for agreeing on a common makerspace development language.