Funding source
EASME – Horizon 2020

June 2019 to May 2022

Project URL

Project information
Thematic keywords

  • Circular economy & sustainability
  • Collaborative production & fabrication
  • Blockchain & cryptography
  • Industry 4.0 & factories of the future
  • Civic engagement

Methodological keywords

  • Market research, mapping, analysis & user requirements
  • Behavioural insights, ecosystems & capacity building
  • Piloting, circular innovation and entrepreneurship building
  • Impact Assessment, monitoring & evaluation
  • Communication, dissemination & exploitation

Project narrative

The maker movement is at a crucial crossroad: it holds promise for urban regeneration, sustainability, social welfare and cohesion but this promise is not a given. The connections with urban planning and design, circular economy and social inclusion are still frail. This signals that the promise might be jeopardized if the movement is cut-off from city governance, fails to embrace circular principles or does not lower the barriers to inclusion.

Spearheaded by an extensive real-life demonstration and pilot program running in parallel in 7 large cities, we work hand in hand with the municipal authorities and top research partners to make sure that the maker movement remains aligned with circular economy and that everyone can have access to resources in order to become a maker.

We are responsible for the design of the communication strategy and lead the project’s communication activities. We also coordinate the market intelligence efforts, collecting the missing pieces to understand what makes ordinary people become makers.

Related publications
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