Help improve Makerhood – and win a £20 Cornercopia voucher!

The Makerhood website has been live for nearly three months now, and we’ve ironed out the technical bugs. Now we’re looking at the next phase – how to make it easier to find specific items or makers, how to streamline the checkout process, what new features to introduce.

Fill in our survey to help us improve the Makerhood website

You can help us by filling in this short survey. It’s only six questions, and shouldn’t take you longer than 10 minutes. And if you give us your email details, you’ll be entered in a draw to win a £20 Brixton CornerCopia voucher! (We promise not to pass your details on to any third party.)

So help Makerhood take the next step now, and fill in our survey.

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First Monday of the Month: Monthly update

As we rapidly approach the launch of our Beta site, this is an attempt to sum up what’s happened over the past month, and where possible look at what’s coming up.

Our intention is to provide this monthly update at the start of the month, with it in the form of a proper newsletter in due course. Until then, we’ll post the update on the blog. Happy Reading!

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Makers’ Meetings

We’ve held six Makers’ Meetings in the past month. These have offered us a great opportunity to explain the project to potential sellers and get their feedback on our emerging online marketplace. As a result of these sessions we’ve been able to fix lots of bugs and also identified questions and issues which we might have missed.

Feedback from the sessions about Makerhood has been great, and attendees also welcomed the chance to meet fellow Makers. A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended.

Due to popular demand, we’ve added one more session on Thursday 7 July, 6.30pm, Cafe Roha (103, Acre Lane). Please book in the form at the bottom of this page please

You can read what local photographer Laura Ward said about the session she attended on her blog.

 

Local People love the idea of Makerhood

During June we published the results of an online survey which asked people about the Makerhood concept and the philosophy behind it. From great quotes to five key conclusions, the input from 106 people who took part has been invaluable. If you don’t want to read the full post outlining the key conclusions, spend 30 seconds looking at some nice graphs which sum up your thoughts.

 

People who inspire us

We’ve started to produce irregular interviews with local people who have inspired us. These have proved to be very popular, so we’ll have more in future months. Check out previous interviews with artist Pam Williams, Urban Art Fair’s Tim Sutton and Stockwell based Sweet View.

Not to be out done, Kristina also did her own video with VisionOntv after the OpenTech conference at which she spoke. Click here to watch the five minute Makerhood OpenTech video.

 

Meet Us and Get Involved

Finally just a reminder of some pre launch meetings we have coming up, including drinks, which you are very welcome to join us at!

If you want to volunteer with Makerhood, as well as sell your wares, then our doors are always open. In the past month we’ve been very lucky to have Kim, Chris and Viv join us, but we’re always hungry for more help. So if you want to get involved in whatever way you can, email us: hello@makerhood.com – and let’s chat!

9 quotes about the ideas behind Makerhood

Some feedback from survey contributors we wanted to share:

“We need to bring back care in this world. I’d like to know that I’ve bought something with a bit of love in it rather than some cheap plastic machine made crap.”

“I love buying handmade goods that someone has put time, thought, effort and love into rather than buying mass-produced rubbish. It’s also really nice to have a one-of-a-kind item rather than something loads of other people own.”

 “I don’t want to end up living in a ‘Tesco clone-town’ where the only choice I have is to shop in chain stores. I want to support local businesses and keep money circulating in the local community.”

“In modern days, we’ve become a total throw-away generation, where everything is built to fail… I think it’s just a terrible waste.”

“I think to keep a vibrant local economy and prevent cloning on high streets and preserve character we should support local business and enterprise.”

“If food-related, it’s good to know exactly where the product has come from and how it has been sourced. If non-food related, it adds to the appeal of a product if you know the story behind it and who has made it.”

“Buying/selling locally is more environmentally sustainable and helps strengthen communities. It’s nice to know your neighbours/ who made your bread/who bought your tablecloth/who makes the best cheese.”

“I feel really passionate about buying locally-made products – it’s so much better for environment and community reasons and I’m becoming more and more disillusioned with buying from supermarkets.”

“Being able to chat directly to the person making the product is a great boon – shopping shouldn’t be a trial! Plus the obvious benefits of less food miles, fresher output, knowing what has gone into the product.”

Can you give us a tenth?

Hamper winner

I’m trying to channel my inner Hot Chocolate and say that everyone’s a winner (baby), but on this occasion that’s simply not true.

On Thursday night we put 106 numbered pieces of paper in a hat (each number corresponded to an entrant to our recent survey) and pulled out a winner.

Entrant number 50, and the winner of a lovely hamper from the Brixton deli CornerCopia, is Jessica Cargill Thompson from East Dulwich.

Well done Jessica!

Some of you may know Jessica from her excellent blog, How to be Unemployed the White Collar Way, and she’s also the co-author of The Midlife Manual.

We’ve been busy absorbing Jessica’s comments, and those from other survey entrants, we’ll be sharing the highlights from this soon.

But, in the meantime, congrats again to Jessica – and a big thank you to everyone else who entered the survey and shared their views with us.

Our survey is now closed!

A MASSIVE thank you to the 106 people who completed it. Your help and input is much appreciated.

We’re pouring over your thoughts, and hope to share the conclusions in a couple of weeks.

Remember that one person who completed the survey, chosen at random, will get a lovely hamper from CornerCopia. We are going to pull the winning name out of a (metaphorical) hat later this week and we will announce the winner on Friday.

Keeping fingers and toes crossed for you!

Final call for contributions to our online survey

Update. Wonderful news: Nadia Gilani of South London Press is doing a piece on Makerhood for Tuesday’s edition! We’ve extended the survey so that SLP readers could contribute their views.

Thanks to everyone who has entered our online survey which Karen wrote about previously. We’ll be closing the survey on Thursday, 26th May. So, if you’ve not entered yet, then please do!

A reminder that one entrant, chosen at random, will get a lovely hamper from the Brixton deli CornerCopia.

Of course this won’t be the only chance to feed into the development of Makerhood, but we won’t always be able to offer you such a lovely prize as our way of saying thank you!

Remember, it’s just ten questions, and will take about five minutes of your time to complete. If that.

Go on, you know you want to….

Ten Questions

As we’re busy working on the new local online marketplace we’ve begun to get excited about what you all might do with it! We thought that if we knew what you thought then we might be able to tweak the site to reflect that and make it even more useful to you. So we’ve put together a little survey to help us capture your ideas and feedback. While your answers will inform our pilot Brixton site the questions are exploring attitudes to locally-made goods regardless of where you live or work. So everyone, please take part!

There are ten questions and it should take only take a few minutes to complete. There’s even a prize! Locally-made, of course. One person, chosen at random, will get a lovely hamper from CornerCopia.

You can find the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7FCW5FN

We really appreciate it and look forward to finding out what you think!

Thank you!