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This Should Work – Maya Bird-Murphy Interview

I found out about Maya’s work by happenstance, and am really glad that I did. Maya is a really interesting person who’s been working on a mobile makerspace program for kids in Chicago, and she has a unique vision on making that a reality through her background as an architect. This is a really special one. Check out the episode.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

This Should Work – Paul Valente Interview

Paul is a former teacher, now administrator at Chicago Public Schools, and he has been a friend of mine for a while now. I love talking with Paul because he gives me perspective on my thinking that I would have never gained on my own. He’s a really clever guy like that, and I hope you find the insights in this podcast as interesting as I do.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

This Should Work – Joe Spanier Interview

I interviewed Joe Spanier for my podcast a while back, and had a blast doing so. If you’re interested in listening (and I recommend you do), check it out.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Step Away

Learn to step away. Figure out where the delusion is.

We’re often convincing ourselves of something that isn’t there. You can’t see it when you’re on the inside because the buy-in is the delusion.

Unmasking the delusion means understanding the story we’re all subscribing to. How do we think about ourselves?

The story creates fictions. Once you see the fictitious parts, you can change them. I’ve never found a situation I can control until I understand the story we’re all participating in.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Margalus #4

A long time ago Sarah and I decided we wanted a big family — a family that, when the going got rough, could support and sustain itself. We are very lucky to have three beautiful children, and are ready to bring another into our group. Meet the newest addition to our clan — due late January.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Lockport Makers Park

Here’s a fun thing! I’m working with the city of Lockport on a feasibility study to develop a Maker’s Park. If you’re in the Chicago south suburban area, are part of a group into craft/making, and interested in talking about it, hit me up!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

IRL and IRL2 Student Employees

Our student employee pool is growing. We’re now at 16 employees trained in digital fabrication, Internet of Things, first aid, CPR, and so much more. Very proud of these students, their capacity for learning, and the continued growth of the Idea Realization Labs.

Hire these students if you have the opportunity!


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Spacelab has a new home!

Here’s a video of the new space we just moved into at Lockport, IL.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Isle Royale 2019

Some photos from my backpacking trip to Isle Royale National Park for 2019.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

The IRL2 is Coming Online!

Photos by Haley Sullivan, Claire Rosas, and a few by me.

Photos by Haley Sullivan, Claire Rosas, and a few by me.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus