The relationship between technology and human capabilities is ambivalent and complex. A new article by Cian O’Donovan and Adrian Smith reports analysis of how users experience enhanced (or diminished) capabilities when accessing digital design and fabrication tools in makerspaces in the UK.
The article can be access here. And a shorter blog summarising the findings can be accessed here.
Overall, we found makerspaces can be a source of capabilities that benefit people and society in all sorts of ways. But these will only lead to flourishing communities if accompanied by broader structural changes.