Saying farewell to the #SCUMAKERS AKA Everything is AWESOME

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it. ~Voltaire

I can’t believe it. We have reached the end of this chapter in our lives. I have a mind to give everyone a failing grade so that we can continue, but alas, your work has been far too tremendous to warrant that. And so, as this class comes to a close and you embark on tomorrow, I can be deeply comforted in by the words of Mitch Albom “There are no random acts…We are all connected…You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind…”.

It has been my honor and privilege to join you on this maker journey. We will always have the distinguished pleasure of participating in the first maker space course at St Kate’s, and of any LIS program in the country, nay of any institution of higher education anywhere that I am aware of.

At the beginning of the course we had discussed our mission. These were the themes that emerged for us:

  • Play
  • Create
  • Exploration
  • Collaboration
  • Learn
  • Teach
  • Encouragement
  • Hack
  • Challenge
  • Unique
  • Crazy
  • Fun
  • Curiosity
  • Perseverance
  • Respect
  • Risk
  • Try
  • Sparks (figurative and literal)
  • Passion

I have been just completely blown away in your achievement of these themes and of our mission. The projects have been so diverse, yet inspiring. You have all demonstrated such perseverance and tenacity in the completion of your projects (whatever state they may be in). The creativity, innovation and risk-taking of your projects are completely astounding.

You all meet your own version of adversity and frustration on this road boldly. When things didn’t go your way, you kept moving onward. Some had to move forward by moving back to the design phase of your project, but you kept going. I hope that when you meet frustration and adversity in the future, that you reflect back on this grand experiment and remember the deep well of fortitude that you possess, a fortitude that carried your through this crazy class.

I fear that the course may not have meet everyone’s expectations and hopes. But I take great solace in the fact that each and everyone one of you utterly exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. I could never have imagined reaching this side of our journey with the projects that you all created.  I am so grateful for our experience together in this class.

From you have learned fundamental truths about being a maker.  This class is not so much about the tools. The class as about freedom and liberation.  The tools and the use of them liberate us.  Being a maker is about being free, free to create, free to explore, free to make and free to dream.  Being able to make gives us a voice.  A voice that no one can take away.  Being a maker is about taking our place in this world.  Its about taking our place in something bigger than ourselves.  As I sit here and reflect upon our journey, I cannot shake the words of my old pastor

We need to embrace the simple truth that we were made

to give ourselves to a cause bigger than ourselves…

a cause that increases the peace in the world…

a cause, a purpose, a task that makes the world a better place.

Have you give yourself to a cause bigger than yourself that’s making the world a better place?

How is it making the world a better place?

May you become aware of your anger.

May you learn to channel it, to focus it, direct it into something beautiful.

And may it fuel sacred acts of healing and restoration.

I find that fate would have it that a song that irks me like no other, has grown on me so much. Yes, you know the song. Everything is awesome. I can think of no better theme song for our unique experiment than that, and so I leave you with…


2 thoughts on “Saying farewell to the #SCUMAKERS AKA Everything is AWESOME”

  1. Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement, Tony! This class was a fantastic experience, and a challenge for me personally to learn in a completely different way. I think it was important that I got uncomfortable, even though I didn’t like it at the time. 😉 This class will definitely leave an impact on me, and for that, I am grateful.


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