The Transition Group is a collection of community members tasked with the details regarding the formation of the Nation of Makers nonprofit organization. This group has helped to structure and push forward the formation of the Mission, Vision, and Values of the new organization with direct community input. The Transition Group is also laying the framework for the organization including finding the initial four Board Members, forming the legal entity, organizing community elections for three Board of Directors seats, building a pool of additional qualified candidates willing to serve as board members, and facilitating a call for Executive Director candidates.
Together with many from the maker community, the Transition Group has helped kickstart the Nation of Makers nonprofit.
I've been involved in Maker Culture for over a decade as a member of multiple Makerspaces in Seattle. In 2013 I co-founded HiveBio Community Lab and currently run the day-to-day operations along with my team. Collaborative culture has always been a driving factor in my life and career. I believe in the culture of abundance that is created when individuals from disparate backgrounds come together to create something awesome. Collaboration is key to innovation!
I've always tinkered and have been passionate about building and making since I was a young child in a family owned cabinet shop. In middle school, I was in the last class able to use the school shop school before it got shut down. In high school, the shop was closed to students and was only used for the maintenance of the building. I went to college and got an associates degree in networking and computers. After I graduated, I heard about what a hackerspace was. I didn’t hesitate to check it out and join. During the first 3 months, I fell in deep into the culture and ended up running for a board position. From there, I’ve fought to push the maker movement forward through grass root efforts as well as local government.
I’m in this to aid in the movement and for all of the people who weren't/aren’t able learn the these important skills and get their hands dirty.
I am the Executive Director of Chimera Arts & Makerspace in Sebastopol, California, as well as a software developer and installation artist.
I founded Chimera in early 2012 as a place to bring talented, creative and innovative people in the North Bay together. I have worked as a software consultant and serial entrepreneur for nearly a decade, working with companies large and small as well as starting a few of my own. I studied fine art at the University of the Pacific.
I love laser cutting, wood working, software/hardware development, welding, and basically anything else that involved fire or electicity.
Learn more about Dana here.
A bit of a motto: “I make stuff and I like to help those who make stuff or want to learn to make stuff. Simple, right?”
More background - "Making our Community" - Pecha Kucha Orlando - Feb 2012
I like to “make stuff that matters” to me and hopefully to others. I’ve been making stuff since I was a kid, and all of my professional career has involved making things. I’m currently working on things that make cold.
From 2014-2016, Stephanie served as the first-ever Senior Advisor for Making at the White House, where she helped develop President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative, to broaden access to the Maker Movement.
Stephanie is currently working with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Infosys Foundation USA to develop initiatives to support Makers with innovative solutions to challenging problems and create more opportunities for students to engage in Making. Stephanie is also on the advisory board for California Community Colleges CCC Maker initiative. As a Maker, she’s an avid sewist, experimenting with wearable electronics and tinkering with 3D printing.
More details about Stephanie can be found here.