BiG Fab Lab– Northwest Ohio’s Makerspace

. January 6, 2017.

The Intern, a recent movie starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, has opened new possibilities for interaction between generations in the workplace. In the movie, a 70-year-old business veteran (DeNiro) interns at a hip internet sales company. In reality, while such arrangements are unusual, they do exist. With advances in medicine, people are living longer, providing more opportunities for businesses to tap into the wealth of knowledge, experience and wisdom that resides with the older generations. As one Northwest Ohio business owner explains, that won’t happen automatically. “We need to be intentional about this,” says Mark Bowlus, Founder and Director of The Big Fab Lab. “We need planned approaches to creating opportunities for different generations to interact with one another. And we need the natural collaboration that comes with spending time together.” Collaboration is good for communities – Bowlus points out that interaction between generations brings much to the table for communities. “By bringing together diverse groups and networks, each group feels more connected and valued. Resources are multiplied. New products and ideas are developed more quickly and more effectively. And businesses are started. Plus, traditions and values are passed down from older to younger generations.”

To learn more about the Big Fab Lab, call 419-971-4244 or visit


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