The maker movement is the most relevant movement to the future of humanity that I know of. The other movements right now are mainly the Neo-Malthusians: The environmental, the local, the organic, the artisanal, the resilient, etc. - these are a reaction to the current scarcity in the economy and the bankrupt pessismism of contemporary thought. They're thinking as if humanity has peaked, and that we should hold tight to our communities as these storms blow over.
A bold statement - yes, but look at the breadth of questions the movement has answers for:
This is where it all started: DIY isn't something you learn; it's a way of learning. Some call it just-in-time learning: where instead of studying things you might need, you learn things as you need them for a project. This allows your motivation to make something to be your driving force - not just learning skills out of context that you may never use. It's the hacker ethos come to the masses.
A lot of the maker movement is the driving force in digital manufacturing movement. These people want to make things, but they see that the tools of production are often out of reach. This movement is forcing us to rethink everything: how we make things, how we funds things, who we design off and where we build and sell things.
The maker movement might have started as education, but now a lot of people have graduated to actually being employed as makers. Micro-entrepreneurship is often mentioned as the employment of the future, which we're seeing a lot in this movement, but beyond that the idea that you're always building your generalizable learning skills to attack new challenges is something that will always be marketable because it's always in a shortage.
The major deficit in the West is one of meaning. The modern system of industrial capitalism turns nearly all of us into cogs. This cannot be humanity's end-state. The maker movement takes us back to the origins of humanity: the maker of tools and solver of problems that are meaningful to our immediate environment. Making is about having a more global view of your project, drawing on community resources and contributing your own: actually being a part of something, not just being "employed".