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Communicating the impact of our gadgets to students and young people

This week, we were really excited to deliver our first lesson remotely to a classroom in Chicago. Our lesson really provokes students to think about the material aspects of the internet and our digital culture. Students were very engaged.

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Recognising the volunteer contributions of Restarters

The most amazing thing about The Restart Project is the volunteer pool of Restarters that emerged from our monthly community events here in London. When we started, we had no idea there were so many talented people just waiting for an opportunity to share their skills with their neighbours.

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Restart Podcast Episode 2: Interview with a product designer

Our second podcast episode features some frustrating gadgets including an inkjet printer given as a wedding present. Product designer Barry Waddilove explains why these gadgets frustrate and how new thinking could transform our relationship with electronics.

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Restart in retail: “Working It” at Selfridges

We’re proud to announce our first “residency” in a retailer – and not just any retailer – in Selfridges, an iconic London department store. The theme of their month of events is called “Work It” (not Work IT, although that might be appropriate for us!)

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How to run a Restart Party at a school

This guest post is written by Jeannie Crowley, who we met at Mozfest. She is the Director of Technology at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, New York. She took the initiative of running the first school Restart Party, to fix decommissioned Chromebooks.

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Introducing the Restart Podcast

This is the first in a series produced by brilliant podcaster Dave Pickering, based on real fixes, heartbreaks and wisdom shared at our community repair events – called Restart Parties – here in London. This podcast is for you if you would like to fix your relationship with electronics. Let’s rethink, restart.

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Essex calling: our pilot with London outer borough Havering

When we go to the suburbs, in the UK, US, or Italy, our minds run wild. If we are truly going to turn things around, the suburbs are a huge part of a liveable future – not an after-thought. So we were very open minded – and excited! – when Havering Council approached us about a campaign to get people rethinking electronic waste in their borough.

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Restarter profile: Aboubaker

Aboubaker is a Restarter in Tunis who is an aircraft mechanic by day who got the “want-to-decipher-any-system” virus from his father. Read our interview with him to learn more about what makes him tick.

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Fixometer project report: the environmental impact of e-stuff

In the past two years, we’ve come up with 34 categories for the +800 broken gadgets we’ve seen at our community events. These categories fit in four categories: computers and home office, electronic gadgets, home entertainment, kitchen and household items. Together with a team of six volunteers and some coaching, we have spent over 60 person-hours scouring the internet for data on their pre-use carbon footprints.