Festival Team

Meet the team of volunteers.


Laura James

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The low recognition and reward for maintaining things that matter, compared to the kudos and resources for shiny new things, has long frustrated me. Inspired at a Maker Assembly event in December 2017, I instigated the Festival and it’s been great to see the energy and enthusiasm of others, working together to make this happen 🙂

lbj.org.uk


Naomi Turner

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Naomi Turner

I became involved in the Festival following, among other things, a stint working in innovation policy. I became quite disillusioned, feeling that ‘innovators’ were often self-selecting, and frequently contemptuous of everything that had become before, without learning from history. I’m now interested in how we value maintenance and innovation, how we fund them and why. I hope that the Festival is a way to explore this false dichotomy and foster new conversations about how we can better care for others around us, our communities and environment.


Ross Dalziel

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Frustrated with assumptions around the Maker meme that miss the point of the Dark Matter of Makerspaces and obscure an important part of technical culture; a communal resilience that sits just below the surface of the shiny stuff. I’m interested in the opportunity to articulate this in STEM/STEAM education and beyond. Also slowly discovering the maintenance required in bio-science through research at Lancaster University. Once you put on the maintenance glasses you see it everywhere!

cheapjack.github.io


Neyanya Schiff

Jackie Pease @jackie_pease

Tati Wells (.Abya Yala.) @tacira
From Brazil and beyond. Metareciclagem.

Marc Barto @marc_in_london 

Hwa Young Jung

Alex Lennon

John Grant @jhngrant