Syllabus | Standards Michigan




April 10, 2021

“At the Water Trough” 1876 J. Alden Weir

Our algorithm smashes through an expanding constellation of best practice literature released by thousands of standard setting organizations worldwide every day.  These organizations throw off the better part of 10,000 titles relevant to the safety and sustainability agenda of education communities everywhere.  Education communities are the foundation for every industry in every economic sector in every nation on earth.  Many of these titles compete with proposals in the same, or in a similar domain as regulatory titles produced by incumbent verticals working the levers of government.

The complexity of the global standards system is run by incumbent verticals that have the money to master it.  Labor, manufacturers, insurance and conformance organizations are the ruling oligarchy in the global standards system; the same as it is in the governments of every nation.  As we explain in our ABOUT; their free run of the markets is not their fault.  It is fault of the user-interest to participate in the private standards system.


“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy

is not so dangerous to the public welfare

as the apathy of a citizen in a deomcracy

— Montesquieu, Spirit of the laws


“Administrivia” is characteristic of the standardization domain which, necessarily, requires an outsized measure of resources are devoted to due process and procedure.  Private standards developers (ANSI accredited, consortia, ad hoc, et.) compete with government agencies for hegemony over nearly every economic domain; though the National Technology Transfer & Advancement Act of 1996 (NTTAA) places limits on this.  Alas, as with all legislation — particularly at the federal level —  there are well-worn paths through the workarounds.  The NTTAA may well be the best any nation can do to level the playing field for the user-interest.

Career tracks for those with a taste for process have been spawned from the global standards system everywhere.   Not so, for us.  Our daily colloquia are typically doing sessions (or “mark up” sessions in the parlance of  functionaries on the Washington D.C. policy grid).   During our doing colloquia we assume policy objectives are established (Safer-Simpler-Lower-Cost, Longer-Lasting).   Because we necessarily get into the weeds we usually have to schedule a separate time slot to hammer away over teleconferencing platforms.


Saturday Rewind

ARCHIVE / Corrigenda

Saturday | April 10 | 15:00 UTC 

Sunday | April 11 | 15:00 UTC 



Monday | April 12 | 15:00 UTC 


Tuesday | April 13 | 15:00 UTC 


Wednesday | April 14 | 15:00 UTC 


Thursday | April 15 | 15:00 UTC 


Friday | April 16 | 15:00 UTC 


Saturday | April 17

Student Paper Workshop

Sunday | April 18

Cadet Glee Club of West Point



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* Many best practice titles emerge from consortia and open-source platforms; especially so in information and communications technology domains.  In many economic spaces, privately-developed consensus products compete with local, state and federal legislative proposals.

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