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The Maker Movement: Our Future Economy (An Infographic)

Maker Movement | Infographic: The Grommet


If you read our blog regularly,  you know that we've discussed the impact (and importance) of the Maker Movement before. The innovative, new-to-market products coming from this movement are the reason we do business every day and we're certain this is not just a passing trend. Today we're unveiling a visual representation of the Maker Movement; its impact on consumer products, manufacturing, retail, and our economy as a whole. Whether you're a Maker, Retailer, or consumer, you're touched by this movement and we are eager to share how through this infographic.

If you're a Maker or aspiring to become one: There's never been a better time.  Now you can turn your idea into a reality with an abundance of resources at your fingertips.

If you're a Retailer searching for new, innovative products: Gone are the days where catalogs and trade shows are the only way to find new products. Platforms like The Grommet are making it easier for you by curating the best of the best. You can learn the stories behind products and know each  has been vetted and validated before you choose to put them on your store shelves.

If you're a consumer who enjoys learning about new products and trends:  Pay attention to the ever-evolving Maker Movement. Support and express your personal values by shopping local and giving back to your economy. Our goal is that within five years, 10% of all products flowing through U.S. retail will be originating from independent small-scale Makers.  As you can see, these products are turning into real businesses and your support will help them succeed.


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  • Cindy Says:

    I am constantly flummoxed at the comments section for New Grommets. With almost every product, people are complaining about those products being produced in China.

    I want to know where all these people were 25 years ago when the AFL-CIO and other groups were warning people that this was happening and it was happening quickly. It didn't happen overnight.

    Springsteen said it best ... "these jobs are going and they ain't coming back."

  • Patrick Nolan Says:

    I can understand that certain products are cheaper to make in China, Vietnam, or other places half a world away. What I can't understand is the federal government's tax treatment for companies that relocate overseas and benefit from destroying American jobs.

  • Lee Says:

    Good one. God Bless America !

  • Christian Says:

    The Maker Movement is basically what America is about. It's not a new thing, but, yes, sometimes reminders are needed.

  • Tom Goodman Says:

    Amen, Cindy

  • Chris Says:

    ...not until now Mr. Springsteen!

  • Guido Says:

    I find it suspicious that 57% of adults are makers. They very clearly are not, so who qualifies as a maker? At 57%, they must be including pretty much anyone that has ever built anything, including assembling IKEA furniture.

  • Mark Says:

    I agree with Guido. I'd say the number is probably below 20% unless you count people re-blogging someones work on tumblr or posting a link to someones work no facebook, or pinning something someone else did on pintrest.

    I certainly don't count as Maker's, people that just do manual labor assembling products for someone else. A Maker is a mindset to figure things out, find a new way to do something.

  • J. .A. Ginsburg Says:

    This is lovely graphic, but would it possible to include links directly to the source of specific facts? I see the list of sources, but they're general (e.g., nytimes.com). It seems a bit of a leap to credit the Maker Movement to small business job growth. I am sure there is a connection, but small businesses as an engine of economic growth pre-dates the Maker movement. The question then isn't whether the Maker movement has made a difference, but rather how much of a difference. Also, 135 million Makers in the US? Fabulous, but how is Maker being defined? The more specific the data, the more powerful the graphic.

  • Amy Says:

    Hi J.A.

    Thanks for the good questions. Our infographic and accompanying blog post doesn't intend to solely credit the Maker Movement for small business growth but our data shows that it's contributing to this growth and will only do so in a bigger way as this movement grows.

    Instead of listing out sources here, I actually think this additional blog post from us on the Maker Movement should answer many of your questions. Please enjoy the read and let us know if you have any further questions.


  • Gene Corrigan Says:

    Where is the list of Makerspace anf Techspace locations with contact data ? Any specs available on capital needed and other startup requirements ? Tally ho !

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