It is said that having “two heads are better than one”. Now, maybe, it is that time to apply that figurative thought to production – literally – and a little twist… Rather, two heads becoming as one, yet retaining independent traits.
In today’s age, where inventiveness on a mass scale is difficult and expensive to come by, how can people do more with less with only the means they have acquired or are presently available??? How can productivity improve, without adding to already overburdened sources and resources? What if peak efficiency has been reached within the means we have?
A solution to it all: Be creative and innovate! An open-minded person is better than all the closed-minded people put together.
You may be thinking: what do I mean by “two heads becoming as one”. I don’t mean the figurative sense that two heads getting together to become as one. Nor, do I mean fusing two heads together to become as one. What I do mean by two heads becoming as one, is in the physical sense, that is, for two independent products of themselves joining together to make a new and different product. It is a kind of marriage between two products when merged together that produces a different product.
Certainly, there are products on the market that resemble the idea of the merging independent products to create a product that provides utility for a different use. For example, in the computer industry, stand-alone printers, copiers, scanners, and facsimiles, eventually became the design of single-units for multi-functional use. Sofas and beds merged together to form sleeper-sofas. Other ways of merging independent products is through making products re-useable, also known as the recycling of products for other uses. Pavement millings of road pavement re-used for aggregate base in new pavement is an example of making products re-useable.
However, all of the mentioned examples of stand-alone products have been combined to form multi-purpose or re-useable products, and are not independent of themselves but are finished products in of itself. Products like the Swinga Baby Harness and Tripod are completely independent of themselves, allowing for other products that remain in demand to retain their independent traits, removing the need to create another finished product with multiple traits for multi-purpose use.
In Nature, living and non-living things exist that continue the circle of life. When a new or non-native species of life or non-living thing spontaneously, deliberately, or coercively enters into an ecosystem, either it is accepted and all benefit, or the balance is off and adjustments are made that improve the system, otherwise risk damaging the system.
With Human Economies, the types of production within industries helps shape the present and future living environment for people, dependent on the skill-sets and crafts, worldwide. Typically, an industry is born from an on-going demand for the needs and wants of goods and services. As the needs and wants for new and improved goods and services continue in demand, industries get reborn. In essence, a functional economy as a whole grows and expands from the addition of newer and diverse goods and services, much like in Nature.
In complex economies - like in Nature - it is common practice to produce in-and-of-itself goods and services that serve a purpose. Products and services that are proprietary and specialized, rather than not, in which an unit is created for the purpose it was intended to serve. Typically, these types of products and services meet the demands of the consumer of that living environment.
In Nature, complex ecosystems are efficient, in that, it is able to effectively and timely produce, distribute, consume, and recycle all materials for re-use, leading back to production which restarts the cycle. Nothing in nature gets wasted. In a functional economy, a similar process occurs. But when one of the stages within the cycle gets disrupted, undermined, or perverted, the system won't function properly, resulting in adversely impacting the living and non-living things of the environment(s).
The production of products entails a process of creating parts and assembling them together, that make-up a finished product according to the design of the product. Many steps are taken. The manufacturing of finished products typically happens at a factory. A cost analysis of the production process and materials gets conducted. A design is prepared. Materials are chosen, shaped, and fitted, that make-up a part within the assembly or component of the product. A study of the market is done to inform of possible competing products, price placement, and consumer demographics and interests.
An alternative way of approaching the production of products is to take an existing product, already serving a purpose, and doubling-up with a compatible product to make an entirely different product for a different purpose. By developing products that double-up with a product that already exists on the market, in order to create a different product, reduces the amount of material consumption and waste creation. Not to be confused with unit reduction. The reduction of material consumption and waste creation results in an efficiency improvement, which extends the existing supply of materials for the same use or other use and reduces saturating the living environment. Savings may get passed-on to the consumer and gains for the producer.
The Swinga Baby Harness and the Swinga Baby Tripod are such products.