WikiSeat started as an open source furniture design platform, and has since evolved to be a maker education initiative. It is a way in which anybody can experience creation, for themselves, in any setting. This project aspires to help students grasp and explore four key concepts: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Otherwise known as the 4 C’s of 21st century education. These are the types of things that engage human beings, and inspire them to aim for more than what they are given.
WikiSeat doesn’t plan on stopping with seats, we want to create Catalyst’s for other things, too, but like all things this will take time and community. The purpose of the Catalyst is not its function as a structural support, or as an example of fine design. Rather, the Catalyst is a representation of the possible; it stands as the shadows on the wall of Plato’s cave. The Catalyst’s main function is to challenge its owner to analyze the world without pretense about what or how they should be thinking, and to act as a mechanism for the builder to express their own genius.
Our hope is to harbor a community of thinkers, creators, and collaborators, to help make a future that we all want to see. It comes off as cliché and laconic, but the future is in the generations that follow us, and it is our duty to give them the tools to do more than keep the house tidy, but to build a better one.