As Babble Lab enters its second year, we invite you to consider what making democracy means in today’s world. Our choice of words takes its inspiration from the emphasis on learning through making that is central to the digital humanities--and that fuels the larger “maker” movement that encourages learners to create their own technological artifacts. As digital humanists themselves have emphasized, the creation of such artifacts--from new reading interfaces to collaborative digital publications to new computational representations of historical data--are not always ends in themselves. They are means of enhancing methods of humanistic inquiry, of encouraging greater reflection on the assumptions and omissions that inform our understanding of the past and the present, and of empowering learners to grapple with the challenges posed by the divisive politics and transitional media context of our digital age.