ABOUT ATHENS MAKERSPACE

There are new rules on how we can create the commons, while through social entrepreneurship. Buoyant digital fabrication technologies allowed the blossoming of such ideas due to the lower cost, higher speed, ease of use and awesome capabilities that can offer. Simultaneously, an active global community is enriching the commons, transitioning the way we can produce goods and create value that is free, fair and sustainable.
No makerspace is the same, each one has its own unique identity, character driven from the community that uses them. Today, the meaning of a makerspace (a space for makers, for making) is swiftly becoming a popular form of open cooperation, in which peer production is based on an open, collaborative community-driven infrastructure. A makerspace enables manufacturing the commons, through shared knowledge and localised co-owned and co-shared machinery and tools.
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Such collaborative community-driven infrastructures are based on emerging practices, such as peer production and open cooperatives, that bolster the resilience of a new ethical economy, which overthrows traditional profit maximising corporations.

A circular open economy, which enables social entrepreneurship to boost solidarity with common fare practices shown in places like makerspaces, where creative expression and generative ideas co-create value with and for its own productive community.

Like many of the makerspaces we visited throughout our two year research, we decided that Athens Makerspace should follow a non-profit and open business model. The managing team is consisted of engineers, designers, architects, volunteers and creative commons’ enthusiasts with a variety of backgrounds with the same vision of creating a workspace based on shared resources, but on the same time having a fair and sustainable growth model.

We hope that through partnerships and funding we will be able to move to a more appropriate space for our needs. As of today, the first steps have taken place in a pilot space, which is located in Kesariani, already engaging and creating an active and productive community of makers.

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OUR GOALS

  • to spread awareness of latest DIY fabrication techniques and train the public at the lowest cost possible
  • to restore the traditional industry professions
  • to support the local community – human resources, raw materials, products, services
  • to protect the environment, as well as, encourage repairing, recycling and upcycling
  • to provide actual solutions for people and animals in need
  • to promote individuals in acquiring clients and assist them in growing a business
  • to grow, expand and increase enrollment
  • to create a community of makers united by their desire to create amazing things and become more valuable to the world

OUR VISION

We are proud to be a Non-Profit Organization (with great financial transparency). Based on our expertise and the demand of our city, we have decided to put our money into the hottest fields of technology, while we are on the mission to pursue funding, donations and sponsors. All income will go towards purchasing new equipment, as well as, the initial rental and utility costs of moving into a larger space.


The 2nd Industrial Revolution has dominated over craftmanship and the love for handmaking. This is about to change.


Digital Revoluntion (computer technology) meets manufacturing, giving birth to Digital Fabrication.


The ease at which designs for physical things can be shared digitally goes a long way towards explaining why the maker movement has already developed a strong culture.


The REAL revolution is not the CREATION of technology, but the DEMOCRATIZATION of technology.