Convincing Corporatists to Support Makerspaces

By Zachary Alexander on

There is a need to expand support for investment in makerspaces even as the debate grows over the role corporatists will play in the 2016 Presidential Elections. A lot of very serious people are saying that hostility against corporatists will play a central role on both sides of the political spectrum. However, post-globalists need to consider whether or not corporatists can be brought on board to help make the case for makerspaces.

For the purposes of this blog segment, you can think of corporatists as individuals who believe that the interests of corporations should have higher standing than average Americans when it comes to public policy. This has led populists on the left to criticize politicians like Former Secretary Hillary Clinton and libertarians to blame the government for economic problems that are the results of transnational profiteering.

The real challenge is that the criteria used to determine which projects will be green lighted need to be recalibrated as so many business principles that pre-date the Great Recession. A June article in the Harvard Business Review written by Clayton Christensen suggests that the problem stems from the practice of valuing innovation that reduces head-count over other types of innovation.

Additionally, the Harvard Business Review makes the case that market-making innovation is the best way to help increase the number of jobs in the United States and improve the US Economy. Readers of this blog can make the case that makerspaces combined with Post-Globalism is the best way to produce market-making innovation. Corporatists should be engaged in order to help with this recalibration effort.

Unfortunately, there aren’t very many forums to discuss these kinds of initiatives. The Strategic Network for Industry Cluster Empowerment (SNICE) is the best group to engage in the kind of Post-Globalism talk that is needed to engage both corporatists and others who are interested in capitalizing on the disruptive potential owner/operators. Stay-tuned for more information on the “Great Recalibration.”

Zachary Alexander