design development

The Maker Manifesto

This is the manifesto for this week’s Maker Faire Africa, taking place in Lagos today. For the benefit of those who receive this by email and without images, here it is in text:

If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.

This is the Maker Manifesto.

1. We will wait for no-one. 2. We will make the things Africa needs. 3. We will see challenges as opportunities to invent, and invention as a means to proving African ingenuity. 4. We will be obsessed with improving things, whether just a little or a lot. 5. We will show the world how sexy African manufacturing can be. 6. We will hunt down new skills, unmask locally made materials, keep our work sustainable and be kind to the environments in which we make. 7. We will share what we make, and help each other make what we share. 8. We will be responsible for acting on our own ideas. 9. We will forge collaborations across our continent. 10. We will remake Africa with our own hands.

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