Made for Sharing Manifesto
We have built a Made for Sharing manifesto, where manufactures, city planners, entrepreneurs, first movers and politicians can take part in developing a more inclusive and sustainable future, by rethinking the way we design objects, so they have the ability to bring people together.
We believe the manifesto has to be challenged and strengthened by having several soulmates contributing to it. This is a first take.
If you want to contribute to the Manifesto, we would be happy to hear from you!
BUILT TO LAST
Robustness is a pre-condition for Made For Sharing objects, as they must be able to support a high intensity of use. This implies a high quality of material but also a design that eases the repairs´ process. Made for Sharing objects bypass planned obsolescence.
Also, objects which are built to last avoid being fashionable in order to never appear antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, they last many years - even in today’s throwaway society.
Less, but better – maintain a focus on the functional purpose of the object and keep it to the basics. Back to simplicity.
A good design allows a good user experience.
Made For Sharing objects are thorough down to the last detail. Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the user.
Made for Sharing objects are honest. It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the citizen with promises that cannot be kept.
Made for Sharing objects are unobtrusive. They aren’t produced by the solo quality of aesthetics but should aim at being neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.
Made for Sharing objects are designed so they are understandable. It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.
Made for Sharing objects are environmentally friendly. Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimises physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
The definition of a social object lies within it’s ability of bringing togetherness. The object should serve as a third common between people, enhancing an opportunity to share a moment.
Even though social objects have a subjective dimension, in a sense that they need to appeal to individuals’ affect and interest, some general characteristics can be identified.
In the public space, dynamic objects can act as social objects as they attract people’s attention. In the same way, “provocative” objects can act as social objects.
Most importantly, social objects invite explicitly to interpersonal use. They may not be able to function without interpersonal engagement.
Made For Sharing objects create a narrative that adds an intangible value to it which enhances shared ownership to preserve it.
Made For Sharing objects serve a purpose for a society whether it’s in- or explicit.
They are based upon an understanding of (hyper)local needs and culture, so they will blend in their context and appear as obvious for their users.
OBJECT / PLACE / PEOPLE
Made For Sharing object are people and location-dependant. Even though they have generic characteristics, they need to make sense for the very people who will use them, in the context where they will use them.
In this sense, Made for Sharing objects require a bottom-up approach and a form for citizen’s implication. It is necessary to listen to and observe locals in order to best understand which objects would make sense for them, that is to say, which object will be able to support the local community’s life. It may be games, kitchen tools, gardening tools,... you name it.
The location of the object is just as important as it should be placed exactly where it will be used. Ethnographic work has taught us how we should look at people's “desired lines” in order to design bikes and walking paths. In the same way, those “desired lines” can show us where Made for Sharing objects will provide most value to a local community.