Library makerspaces can be excellent resources for side hustlers. Makerspaces vary from library to library, but can help with prototyping products, signage, design and editing software, textile work, media production, and experimentation. Sometimes, this support can be provide free for software related projects, or at cost for projects requiring material supplies. Our makerspace here at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County provides 3D printing and scanning, sewing machines, a product photography table, a video green screen and lighting, cameras, a sound recording booth, Adobe software, large format printing, button makers, media conversion, a book printing machine, and a laser cutter/engraver. We also provide online instruction through Lynda.com. This support is great for inventors, photographers, videographers, fashion designers, bloggers, musicians, voice over work, graphic designers, writers, media converters, artists, and anyone in need of display/signage for their o…
Working together, even to change the world, doesn’t have to involve a
great deal of effort. In the spirit of the “work smarter, not harder” mantra,
platforms for problem solving demonstrate that mass collaboration can
result in successful projects while reducing each participant’s workload.
Anthony D. Williams, PLATFORMS FOR GLOBAL
How Online Platforms are RevolutionizingSocial Change
One of the benefits of Globally Distributed Creative Problem Solving is this ability to share the work of changing the world. In the face of a never-ending cycle of bad news, our natural reaction may be to turn away in defeat, thinking that the problems are too big for us to do anything about. What could we possibly do in the face of environmental and cultural inertia, a billion dollar lobbying industry, and years of poor education?
Well, hundreds of people around the world, using a simple disk and a data gathering app, can provide data that will help scientists create an accurate map …