Can I tell you what my secret dream for the makerspace would be? That we build this amazing thing, making as much of it free as possible, where people can build and create and learn. And then at some point, we give it to the village of Oak Park, the way the Ragdale folks gave their residency program to Lake Forest, so it becomes a true public good. Of course, even if you’re giving away the building, there’d be ongoing upkeep and staffing costs, so it’d need to be something really worthwhile, that added tremendous value to the community. Or you’d need to also build a foundation with an endowment to fund it. But still, something to dream on.
That might be a 20-year process, or more, but it would be amazing.