Why I am a maker

As a minimalist, I am sympathetic to Debbie Chachra’s statement in her 2015 essay “Why I Am Not A Maker” that “it’s not all that clear that the world needs more stuff.” As a person who cares about how jobs value individuals, I understand the point of view that many of the people responsible for the care and growth of an organization get devalued by “a framing and value system [that] is about creating artifacts, specifically ones you can sell.” And as the author of a book that liberally uses the word “maker” in positive tones, Chachra’s essay inspires me to define (and perhaps defend) my terms.