Gidi Grinstein appealed to each maker around the world: “If you can invent something useful against the Coronavirus, you must act immediately”.
Join the Maker Army to fight Coronavirus! This is the meaning of Gidi Grinstein‘s appeal to inventors and creative people all over the world. Entrepreneur and digital influencer, Grinstein is one of the leaders of the Makers movement, the “digital craftsmen” who every day develop projects, build prototypes and create innovative do-it-yourself solutions. It is precisely to these creatives that Grinstein has asked to take the field and join forces to fight the COVID-19 emergency. Here is his appeal published in the MakeZine community: “The Coronavirus tsunami is coming and will test our societies to their limits, as our health, well-being, food security and social safety nets will be stretched to exhaustion in a time of political crisis. At this time of incredible upheaval, we all have to choose whether to stand on the balcony or on the dance floor. This is the decisive moment of our generation. This is a call to action. If you can invent or do things, then you have to act immediately to be useful. And if you’re an engineer or product designer who can use a 3D printer – whether you’re mid-career, student or retired – you have an important role to play. Your delivery date should be April 1st! Models show that around that date the pandemic will overwhelm hospitals in major cities like New York and extend to neighboring areas such as Northern New Jersey, Connecticut and the Hudson Valley. But, over time, it is the small communities, especially the remote ones, with 25,000 inhabitants or less, that could be decimated. With a handful of restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and a post office, social distance is particularly difficult to observe and medical services are essential. When these communities are affected, they will be hit hard”.
Coronavirus: Grinstein’s appeal to the Maker
Grinstein is also the founder of the Reut Group, a non-profit organization involved in economic research, and TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers, a non-profit organization that helps disabled, elderly and poor people around the world. In his appeal against the Coronavirus, Grinstein also focused on the hundreds of thousands of people living in severe poverty. Addressing makers, he said, “Thousands of inventors and product designers have collaborated in the development of makeshift protective devices, respirators, ventilators and other critical equipment throughout the United States and around the world. Manufacturers in countries such as Israel, Chile, Serbia and the Czech Republic are working to create solutions, many of which will be ready or almost ready by the end of this week. […] Open-source products will soon need to be distributed throughout the United States. For this distribution, we need the Maker Army. Since our ability to move is compromised and centralized production seems insufficient, distributed production can save the situation. In other words, anyone who has access to a makerspace or can use a 3D printer (or has one), can and should come forward. Get ready, please! In the face of the Coronavirus, divided we fall. United we can resist!”