In a construction project, it is customary to prepare a punch list of work that still needs to be done, or re-done. In the years since ProjectVRM started in 2006, a lot of work has been done (and re-done) in many  VRM categories, each adding to   a long list on our wiki.  This  list looks at VRM work through the prism of wants and needs, with an eye toward what still needs to be done. In other words, a punch list.

Our view here is from what individuals want and need, rather than from what developers provide.  The links go to projects or writings that report on work toward each of those wants and needs. As work proceeds, we’ll update it often. So please  feel free to help us improve it.

  1. Make companies agree to our terms, rather than the other way around.
  2. Control our own self-sovereign identities, and give others what little they need to know about us on an as-needed basis.
  3. Get rid of logins and passwords.
  4. Change our surname or our home address in the records of every organization we deal with, in one move.
  5. Pay what we want, where we want, for whatever we want, in our own ways.
  6. Call for service or support in one simple and straightforward way of our own, rather than in as many ways as there are 800 numbers to call and punch numbers into a phone before we wait on hold while bad music plays.
  7. Express loyalty in our own ways, which are genuine rather than coerced.
  8. Have an Internet of MY Things, which each of us controls for ourselves, and in which every thing we own has its own cloud, which we control as well.
  9. Own and control all our health and fitness records, and how others use them.
  10. generously sharing helpful facts about how we use their products and services — but in our own ways, through standard tools that work the same for every company we deal with.
  11. Have wallets of our own, rather than only those provided by platforms.
  12. Have shopping carts of our own, which we can take from store to store and site to site online, rather than being tied to ones provided only by the stores themselves.
  13. Have personal devices of our own (such as this one) that aren’t cells in a corporate silo, or suction cups on corporate tentacles. (Alas, that’s what we still have with all Apple iOS phones and tablets, and all Android devices with embedded Google apps.)
  14. Have real relationships with companies, based on open standards and code, rather than relationships trapped inside corporate silos.
  15. Remake education around the power we all have to teach ourselves and learn from each other, making optional at most the formal educational systems built more for maintaining bell curves than liberating the inherent genius of every student.

The photo above is of a family building their summer home, in New Jersey’s pine barrens, in 1949.