Make Things that Matter to People

In this new invention age, we have the tools and technologies to make just about anything. So how do artists and inventors decide what to make? Sometimes they gravitate toward a material or process they want to explore. Sometimes they go for the craziest idea they can think of. And sometimes they are driven by empathy. They make things that solve a meaningful problem for another person.

This problem doesn’t have to be world hunger, though we sure could use your problem-solving energy there. This can be something that helps teenagers deal with anxiety or helps parents keep their loved ones safe. It can be something that helps children learn about art and invention or something that helps teachers share their students’ best work.

Making things can be so powerful. But only if we channel it toward helping people live more meaningful lives.