MAKER REVOLUTION: The New Work Economy

Business of Making

Thursday, September 24, 11:45 am to 12:30 pm in Theater

What signals are coming out of the Maker Movement that might shape the coming economy, local communities, education, government policy, and initiatives? This panel examines how the movement is stimulating talent development, opportunity, and agency. This is a movement distinct from the 20th century industrial model — what that might imply for investment and development?


David Ehrenberg

President & CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
David Ehrenberg serves as the President & CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), overseeing its 330 tenants and 1.8 million SF expansion. Prior to joining BNYDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was an Executive Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Transaction Services group at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). While at NYCEDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was a senior manager on many of the City’s priority economic development projects including: the Applied Sciences initiative that resulted in Cornell’s new campus on Roosevelt Island; the redevelopment of six acres of vacant land on the Lower East Side known as Seward Park; the Atlantic Yards project; as well as the creation and implementation of hundreds of millions of dollars of programs to support small businesses after Hurricane Sandy. In addition to marquee projects, he supervised dozens of industrial and manufacturing projects across the City and supervised the operations of the City’s Industrial Development Agency. Before joining NYCEDC, Mr. Ehrenberg worked at South Brooklyn Legal Services as the coordinator for a microenterprise program. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he majored in government and urban studies, was a Fulbright Fellow in Zimbabwe, and received dual Masters Degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in Public Policy and Urban Planning.


James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.


Mo Kinberg

Advocacy and Organizing Manager, Freelancers Union
Mo Kinberg is the Advocacy and Organizing Manager at Freelancers Union. She is a dedicated community and campaign organizer with over seven years experience working with community organizations and labor unions. She has worked on campaigns from the ground up, ranging from transportation and education to food policy and environmental justice issues. Mo Kinberg lives in Jersey City with her husband and two dogs.


Paul Roehrig

Managing Director, Center for the Future of Work, Cognizant
Based in Washington, DC, Paul is Cognizant's AVP of Strategy for next-generation business solutions. He is responsible for developing direction, service offerings, go-to-market programs, alliances, and business development for key strategic accounts. Paul is an acclaimed industry thought leader, analyst, and practitioner in business technology services globally. In addition to authoring dozens of articles on sourcing topics, he has advised on and participated in transactions worth billions in total contract value. In 2008, Paul was named one of the top services analysts globally by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations. Paul also held key positions in planning, negotiation, and successful global program implementation for customers from a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, federal government, and telecommunications for Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer Corporation. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Florida and graduate degrees from Syracuse University. His doctoral research was on decision-making related to quality improvement in organizations.


Peter Hirshberg (moderator)

Chairman, City Innovate
The Internet would change everything: it's a truism now, but for some, this took years to sink in. Not for Peter Hirshberg. A marketing specialist at the epicenter of emerging technology, he has spent a quarter of a century charting the reverberations of all things high tech in culture and in business. (It's big business, too.) Hirshberg first helped bring Apple into the online services arena., then acted as strategic adviser to Microsoft, AOL and NBC. Along the way, he was CEO of and Elemental Software. He's built a deep understanding of the fundamentals of content production and consumption -- and how they've changed, both online and off. Hirshberg is a trustee of the Computer History Museum and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He serves on the advisory board of Technorati and keeps up a lively blog on disruptive culture.