Make-Hack-Learn-Live: A Supportive Makerspace
I’d like to bring together a group of like-minded people to plan and organize the creation of a makerspace in Pickering. While similar in structure to most, its focus will have some fundamental inclusions:
• Establishing a system of community support with emphasis on homeless, low-income, and struggling households
• Projects outside of convention - Earth brick housing; Conservation; Renewable energy; Self-sufficiency; Micro-Living design
This initiative will provide the tools, knowledge, and resources needed to help individuals, couples, and families rise out of the hopelessness associated with economic scarcity.
It’ll be a place to Make, Hack, and Learn… and for what better reason than to Live life in a better way, because that’s what it’s all about isn’t it, living... but for many it’s surviving with their back against a wall, and this is something that needs to change. So I hope you’re up for the challenge :)
It's a question filled with possibilities... but do we have the will and determination to Make the change our communities need? To take the fight to the mattresses against poverty, homelessness, and hunger?
As our economy continues to grow, the cost of living rises and poverty gains a greater foothold, but what if we can push back poverty? Pushing it back harder than we ever have, so we can gain ground in the fight for social and economic justice, and basic human rights.
I believe solutions exist outside of convention, and it’s here we can achieve fundamental changes in how we move forward as a community.
By creating a support-based makerspace. A community-driven non-profit charity with access to equipment, tools, and space for self-sufficient and sustainable experimentation and support initiatives. One built by individuals, families, and communities working together to achieve a human economy. A support system founded on reciprocal partnership and altruism, and community engagement and participation.
This will not be in competition with existing support services, but in partnership to seed stronger and supportive neighbourhoods, and push back poverty at the community level where it festers and thrives.
Site and Resources:
I have a 3,000 sq.ft., 5-level backsplit to repurpose on a 195' x 54' property. Resources are limited, but there should be enough to secure needed equipment and supplies, and with the right people, skills, and organizing and support, this can be operational in as little time as it takes to get the fundamentals ironed out.
Who can help?
• Members of the community who believe we as a people can do better.
• Makers, builders, and lifehackers.
• Like-minded social and environmental activists and enthusiasts.
• Professionals, social entrepreneurs, and industry leaders.
• Small businesses, organizations, and supply chains
• People with the passion and commitment to disrupt the status quo
What we have in common will bring us together, but it’s our diversity that will make us stronger!
Together, we can Make the changes we need, to...
• lower the cost of living
• elevate quality of life, and...
• establish a fair, equal, and equitable standard of living
Would you, your friends, family, and co-workers be interested in building a system of support in our communities?
Ways you can help?
Whether you’re local, willing to commute or pitch a tent or mattress onsite, there’s plenty to do. If you’re not able to commute, you can help remotely from wherever you are if you have access to a computer, phone, and internet. A shortlist includes...
• Planning - Organizing - Communications
• Advising - Technical skills - Supply chain - Negotiation
• Fundraising - Sponsorship
• Site organization and modification
The pilot will launch in Pickering (near Kingston Rd./Whites Rd.), just outside of Toronto.
~> From Toronto, take the 92-Oshawa bus from McCowan Station @ Progress (near Scarborough Town Center), or the 900-Oshawa Bus from U of T Scarborough
~> From Oshawa or Whitby you can take the 92 or 900 Bus along Dundas street, or if you’re in Ajax/Pickering, catch it along Kingston Rd.
~> Alternatives: Carpooling; Securing sponsors with car rental/sharing services. Biking from Toronto or Oshawa is realistic during warm months.
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