Digital DIY can give new life, and higher revenues, to struggling cities
Here is, courtesy of Fast Coexist, a good overview of the role that Digital DIY (and public libraries!) can play in the (re) organization of work and economic growth of struggling cities, with a link to an interesting report that we'll take into account in our research:
"Economic investments in startups, maker spaces, and the broader technology sector are resulting in real value for the city at large. The increased revenue from economic growth has translated into bike lanes, parks, and events—projects aimed at making the city a more livable and vibrant place that people increasingly want to call home.
From Rust Belt cities like Pittsburgh to rugged-outdoors towns like Burlington, Vermont, the maker movement is providing localities a framework for unlocking growth and engaging citizens. Thinking long term is one of the critical things that all cities have to do and Burlington has been hard at work preparing the next generation of makers. The city, in a reflection of a growing number of communities, is leveraging the power of its library system as a learning tool beyond books, with 14 libraries in the region offering maker workshops for K-12 students."
"The full spectrum of what is happening in these cities and more is explored in a report just released by the National League of Cities: How Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement."