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Industrial Revolution 2

November 22, 2012

Maker Faire + D.School + Lean Company Creation

Could  local manufacturing make a dent in the global supply chain patterns that have been developing since the 1980’s?   To get to “yes” requires three pieces:

– Local communities of skilled workers or artisans who can make the stuff.

– Discovery of competitive advantage.  The outsourced supply chain developed out of cost pressures; local manufacturers need to discover advantages that can compete with the cost advantage.

– Sustainable company creation.

-You can represent the first piece of the puzzle with Maker Faire and the associated magazine and movement – a community of people with the love and commitment to develop the skills to make stuff that’s innovative and delightful.  The second puzzle piece can be represented by Stanford’s d.school – a reorientation of the idea of product design around customer behavior.  The third piece, though, needs to be lean entrepreneurship.  proposing and validating sustainable, value adding business models.

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