Maker Works operates on a "triple bottom line," which considers effects on people and planet alongside profit. Root projects genuine earnestness when he says the shop is intended to address big-picture problems by incubating small business and technological innovation.
"Does having a little bitty shop like this in Ann Arbor guarantee we're going to solve any world problems?" he asks. "Of course not. But I like to say it radically increases the probability. And at this point, a good hedged bet is good enough."
[Originally published in April, 2013.]