As the founder of the School Factory, James is building a non-profit organization, with a lot of different tentacles, including a for profit arm, dedicated to bringing business, education, and creative communities together to transform public learning. Gotta love it.
The Maker Space
In 2002, James engaged Milwaukee in creating Bucketworks, a health club for the brain. Bucketworks offers people and communities both a 27,000 square foot physical space as well as the tools they need to test-drive their ideas and their passions. Since Bucketworks opened its members have created more than 70 new programs and companies, ranging from high-tech startups to high schools, hundreds of pieces of art and technology, and thousands of events and experiences. What a great local resource for both IAE, IAEOU and for all you local readers too.
National Network of Creative Maker Spaces
As the economy compressed in 2008 and 2009 and hundreds of similar maker/hacker spaces sprung up across America, James partnered with these spaces to form the Space Federation, a national network of creative maker environments that share resources, tools, and expertise. Check it out. We are. What a great support network to build the next generation of collaborative learning environments.
Culture Lab for Corporations
To engage the business community in this conversation, James and his team created the Bucket Brigade, a for-profit company that brings the values of open source, open communication, and transparency into the workplace through social technology and social experiences.
It’s pretty interesting how many individuals are out there who believe, like I do, that everyone has a “genius” within them and when given a place and the tools to explore it, will flourish.
I don’t know if any of us, just yet, totally know what school will mean in the year 2020 but what James Carlson is creating is definitely building new role models for learning and community building; which can’t help but take us into the future of education.