Making, or better “digital making” refers to new ways of creating, learning and innovating with ICT almost omni-present. Making implies creating stuff, structures and systems at any scale.
A fab lab (FABrication LABoratory) is a community center for making, learning and sharing with digital fabrication machines and other tools. Maker spaces and local Innovation Centers are comparable concepts. People share space, tools, machines and knowledge to realize their projects. Learning by doing, especially in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.), has been re-invented. Grass-root innovation and community projects flourish.
The fab lab worldwide community, a concept developed by Neil Gershenfeld at MIT, offers an innovation network with more than 1000 physical hubs and presence in almost every country of the world. In our view such global, regional and local networks and their all-inclusive sites have much to offer to the fulfimment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The following clickable mindmap explains it in relation to SDG 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.