Making it inclusive makes all kinds of sense but the idea would be to have "Elders" running the place. People with experience and those that could act as mentors to both other "left-the-workforce" types as well as the younger generations
Hi Anndrea Sorry for the late response. I have been focused on my business projects so I could not give this project as much attention as I wanted to.
Indeed my original vision was to have a Store Front" for members to sell their wares in addition to teaching them how to use online opportunities such as Etsy, Kickstarter and the list goes on. The success of a storefront is also very dependent on the location of the Maker Space itself. Most Maker Spaces are in light industrial urban areas where the real estate can be found and work-shops of this nature are regulated to operate. High foot traffic retail frontage would be optimum - some Maker Spaces have that.
Great stuff. I think offering multi-part classes with a usable product as an outcome is a fantastic way to build interest and participation. I would be super helpful if you could interview some of those older people and get an idea of what attracted them to participate in the first place including if they spread the word. I am working on polling members of my own community [and age group 50+] to gauge interest