The sharing economy – why it’s good for business
To kick off Clerkenwell Design Week, we gathered around the table a group of friends and people that we admire; from strategists to critics, editors to educators, architects, designers and makers; those that help shape and communicate how people behave.
It used to be difficult to get people talking about making, when everyone used to focus on craft and design but the conversation was engaging, enthusiastic and thought provoking from discussing the making skills of today’s design students , to designing for good and making from waste, through to brain storming about how Fixperts could reach out to a wider audience.
Apple’s Jonathan Ive complains ‘I can’t find designers that can make.’ and after 20 years in design education, Fixperts co-founder Daniel Charny has noticed that students making skills have gone down. But it’s not just in the design world that we’re losing connection with fixing. It’s a problem of the developing world which is why we think Fixperts is highly relevant today.
Fixperts is about fixing and helping someone else. It encourages everyone, not just designers, to use their creative and making skills to improve someone else’s life. A fix is captured on film, and uploaded to the Fixperts website, an open knowledge sharing platform. That’s another reason we think it’s so relevant as pretty much anyone with a smart phone can produce a short film and share knowledge. It’s a compelling experience, practical, creative and fun.
We discussed why Benchmark have got involved with Fixperts. Apart from a massive pool of knowledge which allows us to raise the bar for the Fix, we believe we’ll benefit from having a Fixpert in the heart of our workshop for joined up thinking and cross pollination. That’s why we think companies should engage with the Fixperts residency programme. Put simply, it’s good for business. During the Fixperts Residency at Benchmark we will focus on improving new life – for example maternity and youth. Our Fixpert will be getting to know the local community and looking for FixPartners. We can’t wait to see the results.
As James Carrigan, co-founder of Fixperts told us – it’s about identifying problems and finding solutions and it all comes from a conversation….
See Sean and Daniel interviewed by LSN Global, the online platform of The Future Laboratory – ‘The Future Makers’: https://www.lsnglobal.com/seed/article/17628/future-makers
Our table included:
Charlotte Abrahams, Writer and Curator, Design and Applied Arts
James Carrigan, Co-founder Sugru, and Co-founder Fixperts
Daniel Charny, Designer, Curator and Educator. Co-founder Fixperts
Ursula Davies, MD, Makerversity
Grant Gibson, Editor, Crafts
Pete Jennings, Director, Piercy & Co
Corinne Julius, Design Critic
Steph MacDonald, Co-founder, 6a Architects
Alon Meron, Designer and Fixperts Mentor
Kirsty Minns, creative director, The Future Laboratory
Angus Montgomery, editor. Design Week
David Nicholls, features director, House & Garden
Michael Marriott, Designer
Simon Maidment, Head of Design, Kingston University
Martin Raymond, Co-founder, The Future Laboratory
Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture. Design and Fashion, British Council
Lynda Relph-Knight, Design writer and Consultant, The Drum
Jana Scholze, Curator of contemporary furniture, V&A
Sean Sutcliffe, MD and Co-founder Benchmark
Katie Treggiden, Founder, Confessions of a Design Geek
John Voss, Associate, 6a Architects
Jane Withers, Curator and Design Consultant