Often a person’s creativity can exceed their means.
If we assume that innovation benefits the entire world, then it makes sense to bring the tools necessary for innovation to the people who can take advantage of them. Why should a great idea stay locked up in someone’s head just because they don’t have a garage or because they can’t afford a 4-axis CNC milling machine? Why should a promising concept wither on the vine just because someone can’t drive 30 minutes to meet with people who can help them develop it?
TJ McCue suggested in Forbes that we start, “Creating a mini mobile makerspace that can be built again and again, almost like an open source RepRap, by small dedicated teams.” He didn’t specifically mention it, but I assume the reference to RepRap is meant to imply that the mobile makerspace could be self-reproducing.
Wouldn’t that be a great tool for increasing the pace of innovation and the penetration of open source philosophy? It could start out as a simple structure that is made with the fabrication tools which then packages them up and transports them. Over time, as more DIY fabrication tools are available, the whole thing could be bootstrapped from almost nothing. Then it could make an exact copy of itself! Kind of like an ultra-small version of Open Source Ecology’s Global Village Construction Set.