I believe that making things develops the creative confidence and problem-solving skills people need to be successful in life. Jobs of today (and tomorrow) demand creativity and execution. The best way to learn and exercise these skills is simply to practice – by making things.

I’m a maker myself. I make new products, companies, schools, workshops, airplanes, treehouses, zip lines, drones, boats, pens and lots of other things. But what I enjoy the most is helping others figure out that they, too, have the power to shape the world around them.

I’m currently in my second year as a FUSE Fellow helping the City of Fremont and the Alameda County Library explore what it means to be an innovative library and a catalyst for innovation in the community. Many of these blog posts are my attempt to share our journey.