1. If it’s broken, fix it!
Because everyday practical problem solving is the most beautiful form of creativity there is.
2. If it’s not broken, improve it.
A small, clever tweak can improve how something works for years to come.
3. Give your products a longer life.
If we double the life of our stuff, we halve what goes to landfill.
4. Fixing means freedom and independence.
As a fixer, you don’t need to worry about wear and tear. Nothing stays new, so forget perfection.
5. Resist trends and needless upgrades
They fuel our throwaway culture.
6. Don’t let companies treat you as a passive consumer.
Every time we spend money, we vote for the kinds of products we want to see succeed. Buy products that can be repaired.
7. A fixed thing is a beautiful thing.
Every fix, whether skillful or improvised, holds a story.
8. If you have an idea, start small and make it good.
If it’s right, it’ll grow from there.
9. Nurture your curiosity.
Keep trying things you’ve never tried before. It’s good for your brain and your soul. Don’t be afraid to fail – it makes success all the sweeter.
10. People are infinitely diverse. Products should be too.
Everything can be improved or customised.
11. Disposability is a choice, not a physical characteristic.
Plastics aren’t evil, but we’re using them wrong. Treat them with respect.
12. Share your ideas, your enthusiasm and your skills.
If you’ve found the joy of fixing, pass it on. It’s a gift for live.
From the inventors of Sugru (The future needs fixing).
I am fired with enthusiasm after reading this inspirational manifesto or I assume, mission statement from Sugru’s extraordinary team.
“Fixing is the unsung hero of creativity. And it really shouldn’t be. It’s the most common, humble and beautiful form of creativity. Let’s wear that belief proudly. Let’s notice and celebrate these little everyday triumphs, and help others see their value. We made this to fuel the conversation about why a culture of fixing is so important.”
You might recall stumbling upon similar document of proclamation from Platform 21 which is nothing short of brilliantness. Introducing the Repair Manifesto.
It is good to see the improvised version from Sugru; after all men’s ideology expands and evolves from time to time.
Sugru is also well-aware that people might have different stance regarding the manifesto and welcomes people from all walks of life to “fix and tweak” the current version(1.0) of their Fixer’s Manifesto.
Feel free to leave your opinion on sugru’s Fixer’s Manifesto. Or do you prefer the former: Platform 21’s Repair Manifesto?
Don’t look back and regret the past, instead embrace the future and cherish every moment. Love life and live it because we only live once.
Don’t worry yourself with those who dislike or despise you, instead love those who love you whole-hardheartedly and tell them each day how much you truly love them.
Things happen for a reason. Don’t get too tied up when things doesn’t go right. God has laid the challenges for us to decrypt. And decrypt you must, with all the tenacity you have.
When opportunity present itself, be sure to grab it.
Don’t be afraid of changes. Changes in environment, changes in relationships…adapt and embrace change.
The journey will not be an easy one, yes…But, what’s waiting at the end will worth all the tears and sweat you shed.
“The more talented somebody is, the less props they need.” -MacLeod, Hugh (2009). Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity.
“Doing anything worthwhile takes forever. Ninety percent of what separates successful people and failed people is time, effort and stamina.” -MacLeod, Hugh (2009). Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity.