In the spirit of “Save a Tree”, as well as, well, the cost of printing up nearly 100 copies of these (pretty interesting) documents, we opted for posting the PDFs of various resources and handouts here.
First up, the slightly abridged version of our overview/proposal. You can see the vision here, as well as some of the down-and-dirty numbers. Here’s that: Brickyard-Collaborative-Proposal_handout
There’s a great piece on how a MakerSpace aligns with education, especially Common Core standards, here: OPP_ResearchBrief7_SurveyofMakerspacesPart2_final
Sarah Beese of the Haley Pilot School put together this piece, describing their boat project: Haley Boat Building Overview
There are a couple of detailed articles talking about how MakerSpaces create opportunity. From the Harvard Business Review, Is Collaboration the New Innovation: Appx2-CollaborationInnovationHBR From The National League of Cities, How Cities Can Grow The Maker Movement: Appx1-CitiesGrowMakerMovementNRC
Made in Place is a piece about “small scale manufacturing” contributing to urban revitalization: made-in-place-small-scale-manufacturing-neighorhood-revitalization
The Working Cities Challenge website has probably the most compelling statement regarding “resurgent cities”, and is the quote we use to close the presentation. The link to the site is below.
“Small cities in Massachusetts and across New England possess unique assets and face a unique set of challenges. …Notwithstanding these challenges, research on small cities conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has found that eight cities out of a peer group of 26 nationwide have been able to either maintain or recover much of their economic stability, as measured by income, reduced poverty rates, population, and economic vitality.
Several factors drove the rebound of these “resurgent” cities: collaborative leadership, the role of anchor institutions, investment in infrastructure, and extension of benefits to the community as a whole.
Of these, collaborative leadership – the ability to work together across sectors over a sustained period with a comprehensive vision – was most crucial.
The findings are strikingly similar to those of the Living Cities Integration Initiative, deployed in five larger cities with substantial inner-city populations. Both sets of findings elevate the importance of collaborative leadership in creating systems-level changes that will enable small cities to reach their full potential as places to live, work, and raise a family.” (From Working Cities Challenge website.)
Here are a few more documents more specific to our project.
The FAQs: FAQs
Our proposed equipment list, which will show you what we’re planning to have available to members: Equipment List
Also the Email Subscription link.
We’ll add more as we find them, so check back.