Have you heard of the Maker Movement?
This is how Adweek defines it:
"The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker Faires that are catnip for DIYers who used to toil in solitude. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise."
With the onset of Etsy, Zazzle, Bonanza, and more for selling handcrafted items online, as well as website builders like Weebly and Square Space, more and more people are able to take advantage of joining the Maker Movement.
And we can't forget about Pinterest, Instagram, and other Pinterest type websites like DudePins and Hometalk, that are fueling our creativity and inspiration to DIY and try new things like never before.
In an age where most people would not know how to make a pencil from scratch, or even a spool of thread, it's sometimes hard to imagine how to even "make" anything these days, but forums like the aforementioned are helping to spur our creativity even for self-proclaimed uninventive or inartistic individuals.
Interestingly enough, it has been shown that we are able to process problems faster, are more innovative, entrepreneurial, and competitive when the creative parts of our brain are more developed (Creativity Research Journal).
So in a world where it is easier and more convenient to be a consumer, it is all the more important that we allow our creative sides to flourish every now and again. It just might help you be more productive in other areas of your life.
If the thought of crafting and DIY scare you more than inspire you, you may want to try a TizzyBits Kit (shameless plug). Even for the "unimaginative" souls out there, you might be surprised at what you can accomplish when you allow yourself to tap into your dormant creative side, and become more of a Maker instead of a consumer.