What You Make Of It
Make no mistake, today’s engineers are ready to innovate.
The engineering sector is constantly exploring ways in which to produce more responsible design, however, through the difficulties of worldwide economic inequality and the influence of big business, these ambitions are rarely fully realized. As such, the reputation and the practice of the engineer suffers when opportunities to create efficient change in response to the problems that matter the most in the everyday lives of communities and improve their worlds.
What You Make Of It aims to reconsider this position and proposes a way to enable engineers to connect with communities and apply their knowledge and help redefine lives for the better through micro-volunteering.
Imagine a platform where communities could upload a brief, a need for an engineering problem to be solved. On this platform there are hundreds of accredited volunteers from all engineering backgrounds and beyond. A large, international team is assembled to evaluate the problem, each using their area of expertise to make suggestions for a design and its implementation, with each participant spending a specified limited time on the issue. Finally, a smaller team amalgamates and presents a real solution to the community.
The following solution would help to:
- Invigorate engineering practice through the collaborative partnerships and the opportunity to learn and incorporate new knowledge into their work.
- Reinvent communities through innovative engineering through fixing problems defined by communities rather than top-down policy or profit driven businesses.
- Help to raise the reputation and profile of engineers by encouraging an uptake of their skills, helping the worldwide design to be more equal, responsible, and inclusive through experience.
- Fix real world problems in a sustainable way suitable for commercial adaptation as a way of innovating within the engineering sector.