We’ve started to make a manifesto for our style of Junk Making to get across some of the ideas behind it. It would be great to use it as the base as a workshop process with young people and families too to help us focus our ideas for activities.
Here are some examples of fun, infographic style manifestos. These are not ours but just to show an idea of what we could create. Some of our ideas follow at the end of this post.
Proposed Manifesto Items
- Dead Tech can have New Life
- I don’t want my waste to cost the earth and create problems for young people in other countries
- Check your Identity – You are not what you consume!
- Consumerism creates an abundance of free art and tech materials that we can have a lot of fun with
- Art and Cheekiness can make people think about their consumerism
- So let’s do Creative Protest and Art Activism around Waste
- I want to control my devices not be controlled by them – We have a right to repair!
- Knowledge is Power! Gain empowerment over your technology
- Let’s not wait for the government to solve this problem, we can take action ourselves
- Unmaking helps you Go Deep! – it’s cool to be able to understand ;
- what’s in tech devices
- how the bits work and interact
- how to adapt and reuse parts for your own projects
Wider perspectives of our Project
- Young people shouldn’t have to clear up after the Older generation of consumers
- This kind of low-tech making and electronics goes beyond preparing young people for jobs in STEM and can also be part of a move to greater self-reliance, environmental sustainability and decentralisation of technology solutions
- Continuous doom and gloom messages about the environment can make people feel hopeless and powerless. This is a different approach- positive, creative, fun; but we will still find out some disturbing information that may change our behaviour.
- For some young people this can be a more effective approach then using extrinsic rewards of financial gain through careers to encourage continued study in STEM subjects.