The letter below was sent as an email to the Makerlog team. It includes my reflections on the maker community and the potential worldwide impact our movement can have. I felt it was appropriate for the community to read it openly.
Ladies and gentlemen, we live interesting times. We possess the luck to exist in a rather consequential age: the birth of social media & mobile computing, the rise of nationalism vs. globalization, and societal & economic trends that democratize access to high technology.
The human race is on the bleeding edge — glass slabs in our hands connect us with the world in an instant, something unfathomable thirty years ago. Yet we feel farther apart than ever before in the course of human history. Social media amplifies voices of hate and intolerance. Pandemics and tragedies strike our communities. Fear consumes us — disarray dominates the news cycles.
Friends, the times are changing. These waves, trends, are moving the world towards interesting directions (and perhaps uncomfortable ones). This is why we're here. In one way or another, we are at the forefront of all these trends.
It was in 1913 when Mahatma Gandhi wisely published these now-famous words:
We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. We need not wait to see what others do.
I can't find another passage that resonates with our mission better than this one.
Folks, we're much more than a group of people building things. We're a talented team with the power to change the status quo. We have the skills, the ambition, and the passion to enact change on a worldwide scale through technology. We can connect people, build community, and push entrepreneurship forward.
Many criticize. Many analyze. But few act.
It's time we cease thoughtful inaction and engage in thoughtful action. Let's build the change we want to see in the world.