Dubbed the Greatest Show & Tell on Earth, last weekend’s World Maker Faire drew tens of thousands to Queens, New York, to play with everything from DIY robots to puppets made from trash. Behind all the play, though, is something much bigger — a movement with the power to build the critical-thinking skills that companies and President Obama call key to the future economy.
Yet the maker movement has yet to make big waves in corporate America. And this is a missed opportunity. While technology firms, government, and education embrace making as the future, other industries can reap rewards by inspiring employees to both think of solutions and make them happen.