The Department of Illustration

Maker Faire Africa

Posted in Local/Global by The Department of Illustration on August 17, 2010

http://changeobserver.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=14908

Tinkers, Hackers, Farmers, Crafters

Interview  at Change Observer with Emeka Okafor, founder of the creative powder keg that is Maker Faire Africa. By Meena Kadri

Emeka Okafor
Many DIY-types — designers, inventors, hackers and tinkerers — in Africa work in isolation, so part of the celebration is about bringing them together to enhance, cross-pollinate and provide insights into the wider impact of their innovations on society. Taking the focus away from extractive ventures, we instead focus on those that are doing, making and producing. Globally there is a re-examination of manufacturing, production and design that is moving past the classical industrial sense and pointing to more distributed forms of production. Moving beyond mere celebration, there is also an interest in the interchange between these emerging global dynamics and local inspiration in Africa. This speaks to a far-reaching conversation in which the questions are posed: “How do we regain our creativity? How do we redefine what we mean by a society that is advanced?”

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