Philadelphia was once known as the "Workshop of the World" owing not to its big factories, such as Stetson Hats and Baldwin Locomotive, but rather to its staggering number and diversity of small manufacturers, artisanal shops, and cottage-scale makers.
Today, Philadelphia is witnessing a revival of that legacy with a new maker movement growing in number and strength. This panel will feature a few of our current makers, as well as address questions such as:
What are the distinguishing characteristics of this movement and the people who identify with it?
What are the challenges that makers face and how are we building financial, space, and other support resources for their work?
How might we advocate better for the movement and ensure that it is understood as a vital contributor to Philadelphia's continued social and economic revival?