We see makerspace members create fascinating projects despite limited time and budget. The equipment, classes, and community support an exploratory, iterative approach to learning. As a community organization, the makerspace focus is on supporting a spectrum of members. The available education is not tuned to solve the specific needs of professional teams.
Many large technology companies have origins in the grassroots innovation of small shops and garages. Companies cycle back to this radical innovation model through internal “skunkworks”, kaizen teams, and model shops. These approaches have merit but are not without problems. Specialized innovation departments produce localized results. Kaizen teams are temporary constructs. Continual improvement is significantly more challenging. Internal model shops, when available, are underutilized with a small faction of employees using the equipment.
Engineers, inventors, managers, and entrepreneurs are often paralyzed by a rigid approach to process improvement or product development. Innovation Workshop brings the makerspace spirit of fearless learning and exploration to business with the goal to empower.