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8 million in direct impact to Baltimore City annually
9.9 million in direct impact to Maryland annually
supporting 118 jobs -- 85 from member businesses and 33 staff
55 member-owned business
91% of staff living in Baltimore City
1800 youth served onsite in 2018
the largest incubator in Maryland as ranked by the Baltimore Business Journal
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This descriptive case study examines the launch, operation, and outcomes of Makers Unite, a collaborative emergency PPE production project spearheaded by Open Works. Open Works was able to use institutional trust, community collaboration, and Lean Manufacturing practices to produce 28,270 face shields in 56 days, averaging a production rate of 496 per day. The project included six full-time staff members, five temporary part-time staff members, a network of 388 volunteers and their printers, and two partner organizations until its conclusion on June 12, 2020. The study reveals best practices for establishing Lean small-scale manufacturing, developing institutional trust, building community collaboration, and developing a more agile supply chain in healthcare equipment production and other sectors of the economy.
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I believe that common interest can be the seedbed for trust where historic distrust exists. Trust drives community-centric solutions.
Urban / Rural Solutions to Common Economic Problems
2019 Eurpoean Conference
on Innovation & Entrepreneurship
University of Pelopennese
2019 New England Maker Summit
2020 Industry and Inclusion Project
2020 Capitol Hill Makers Faire
A Makerspace's Response to COVID-19 PPE Shortage
One of my ambitions is to contribute to the academic, corporate, and community discourse concerning issues that matter.
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Social impact may be measured individually and collectively. Presentation of innovative ideas is one way to "move the needle."
This series consists of three one-hour sessions, focusing on key areas of a sustainable makerspace: Financials, Growth, and Leadership. Participants will gain an understanding of metrics that can be measured and tracked within their organization. The team will be utilizing data from the Nation of Maker's 2019 Survey of Makerspaces to show examples of metrics and patterns to identify in your makerspace. We don't expect to have a definitive answer at the end of each session, but a template and a path forward for an organization to assess, set goals and track through the year.
Sustainability: Building & Supporting an Ecosystem
That Sustains Us All - Nation of Makers June 3-6, 2020