The triple challenges of climate change, peak oil and social breakdown are coming.
The question is not if, but when.
Our standards are a shock therapy to the current practice of making. The sociability standards are workable and stem directly from the urgencies we have discussed. They will ensure interoperability between all the emerging actors. They require the joining of different actors that so far have not been involved in the making of standards. All technological standards are also social standards.
• Systems that are designed by at least twenty people distributed across the world.
• Systems that are built less than 150 miles from where the raw materials are sourced.
• Systems that will not be deployed more than 50 miles from where they are built.
• Systems whose components are modular and backward compatible to allow local repair, upgrade and downgrade.
• Systems that fix end costs as a percentage on top of publicly available production, transportation and disposal costs.
• Systems that communicate the break down of energy costs of pro- duction, transport and breakdown of the product.
• Systems that automatically generate a fixed, public discussion url for each item.
• Systems that encourage face-to-face contact.
• Systems that build mutual responsibility.
• Systems that encourage conflict.
• Systems that during their lifetime will be used by more than 5 people.
• Systems that enable strong bonds between people and the environment.
• Systems that treat resources as equals.