Who are you and what are you doing here?
I'm Andrew Bressen, I came here with Artisan's Asylum and under my own cognizance.
It's exciting. The maker movement is transformative in a way that may not have an "earth-shaking everything is different" impact like the internet has but will change things in small ways that permeate through society.
There are other spaces in Boston, why Asylum?
I guess because I got dragged to that one first. I'm friends with the founders, and I'd never had the time to see the other spaces and then this one dropped in my lap.
What's your role there?
I rarely make use of the tooling. I've done mostly administrative things because that's what we needed. Doing startups, I learned to be able to do a little bit of everything. I could fake running a woodshop, I'd do a passable job, but we had people around who could do much better. We needed people working on things like class scheduling, outreach and marketing, so I ended up helping with those things.
Of Artisan's Asylum: The parties and the group builds. I was once talking with another member about some policy stuff, and we came up with a Venn diagram. It has two overlapping circles, labeled "tools" and "community."
There are people who are only there for one or the other. I've known makers for a long time, before we used that word for the movement. Even though Artisan's Asylum has so much tooling, I can get that somewhere else. I'm there for the community. If you put me in a room with 10 people I can do anything. But if I'm alone, I might get nothing done at all; the overlap of tools and community is where the awesome creativity happens.
Of Maker Faire: Dinner runs. That's where the community is - I can read about cool projects all day on the net. But talking to the people who made those projects and synthesizing new ideas with them is the amazing thing, and when people are running a booth, they don't have time to talk in depth.
I don't know! I'm hoping to travel some, maybe visit some other spaces. Artisan's Asylum has grown up a lot and has fulltime staff now, so I'm not needed as much there.