“Mister Jalopy’s latest mission is taking the Maker mentality to manufacturers, urging them to make products that consumers can easily maintain, repair, repurpose or even reinvent.
Mister Jalopy (real first name Peter, last name jettisoned from public use) drafted ‘The Maker’s Bill of Rights,’ which frames his views concisely. ‘Meaningful and specific parts lists shall be included,’ it declares. ‘Batteries shall be replaceable. Special tools are allowed only for darn good reasons.’
Lately, he has refined his thinking into a presentation arguing that manufacturers of hackable products profit from engaging the Maker mind-set. Instead of churning out disposables, they end up making collector’s items, and legendary brands. They turn customers into fierce advocates.
‘I really want companies to start thinking about shared innovation,’ he said, ‘to realize that they’re not selling to customers, but to collaborators.’”
Mister Jalopy has been a featured speaker at the Museum of Science and Industry/Chicago, USC School of Journalism, the Annenberg/Getty Arts Fellowship, Institute of the Future, Dorkbot/LA, Pomona College, Maker Faire/San Mateo and Maker Faire/Austin.
Mister Jalopy is based in Los Angeles and is available for speaking engagements and private consulting.Contact: