Restart Radio: New mobiles we can open, repair

We talked about some shiny shiny gadgets – two very game-changing projects in the area of modular, repairable design. The Fairphone 2 and Runcible, an example of “heirloom electronics”.

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Restart radio: the upgrade cycle and recycling

In our first weekly (live) radio show, we talked with Restarter Ben Skidmore about some tough mobile and tablet repairs and discussed the mobile upgrade cycle and why we do not recycle.


Why Europe fails to recycle e-waste and some solutions

Despite the best efforts of legislators, regulators and law enforcement, in Europe, we continue to dispose of e-waste in the most inefficient and dangerous ways. Right here, in our own back garden. The solution is citizen-centred.

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Restart Podcast Ep 4: Climate change and the “shadow impacts” of our gadgets

Before a smartphone reaches us, most of the greenhouse gas emissions it will ever make have already been made. Our gadgets have significant, hidden impacts.

Used on a CC license, by Flickr user claudiasalasb

Required: agency “sparring partner”

Why do we need a sparring partner from the world of advertising? We need to get better at communicating to more people. And we think we are uniquely poised to help answer emerging questions for creative agencies’ clients.


Summer reading and listening list

We wrote a post last summer sharing our reading list, and there was loads of interest. So we thought we would share what we have stacked next to our bedside tables and loaded on our mobile devices, and ready for trips to the park and the pool.


A “bubble” stretching from provincial China to our high streets

While China increases capacity to manufacture ever more of the same kinds of products, is it stimulating internal consumption fast enough to compensate for our “meh” with the latest shiny gadget we are all supposed to buy?

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Restart Podcast Ep 3: Searching for the roots of grassroots innovation

In this episode, we go in search of some of the historical roots of grassroots innovation in design, tech and resource management a local level in the UK (and beyond).

One of the two small entrances to Agbogbloshie scrapyard, photo by Adam Minter

Representations of e-waste globally matter

This past weekend, we witnessed remotely forced and violent evictions occurring in a neighbourhood of Ghana’s capital city Accra. Agbogbloshie is portrayed as the continent’s largest electrical wasteland; in truth it is a functional, profit-making recycling network.