Conversation Project: Why DIY? Self-sufficiency and American Life

September 16, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. | Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1945 SE Water Ave., Portland OR 97214

Are we as self-sufficient as we can be? As we should be? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of doing it yourself? This conversation investigates why we strive to be makers and doers in a world that provides more conveniences than ever before. How might the “new industrial revolution” of tinkerers and crafters affect American schools and workplaces? How do maker spaces or skills courses foster greater engagement and involvement? What could be left behind when we increase self-sufficiency in a community? All kinds of DIY interests are welcome: we can focus on foraging, permaculture, prepping, woodworking, or hovercraft making—or perhaps all of these at once! Through our shared stories, we will seek to understand more deeply how DIY functions in American life. Read more.

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Event Sponsors

Oregon Humanities




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