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The latest on Angles: How can the Carolina Textile District help us better understand the maker phenomena in the context of a non-urban legacy manufacturing region?DCRP Associate Professor Nichola Lowe, Master’s student Colleen Durfee, and University of Waterloo Associate Professor Tara Vinodrai share their research.

Urban economic developers are experimenting with novel strategies that leverage the maker movement to revitalize American manufacturing. To paraphrase the Brookings Institute, the maker movement consists of independent designers and “tinkerers” that use online marketing platforms like Etsy or Grommet, along with new digital technologies to “democratize manufacturing and reinvigorate small-batch, craft production and sales.” As a place-based strategy, support for the maker-movement has much to offer, including inspiring the next generation of product designers and entrepreneurs and infusing creativity and innovation within established public institutions.

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