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This October: Join Restart At City University

We have run Restart Parties in universities before, but this project looks at helping to create a local team of Restarters. We are supported by the City University’s Green Dragons.

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Repair and reuse in Beijing

During a visit to Beijing last month we had the opportunity to get a taste for the local repair and reuse culture. Here’s what we saw and what we learned.

Photo of James Wallbank by Flickr user CampusPartyBrasil

Visiting Access Space

Access Space is much more than a computer refurbishing centre: it is the first making space we visit that spells out inclusion as a key priority for its activities.

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Let’s give repair a chance!

Post¬†originally published on the blog of Resource Conference, a free event on the circular economy. In conversations on the circular economy, especially related to electronics, we often feel that repair is little more than an afterthought. Yet, extending the lifespan of an existing device provides tangible benefits: it reduces waste management costs as well as […]

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A repairable Fairphone

This post was first published as a guest post on the Fairphone blog. Two weeks ago we ran a workshop in the Fairphone Pop-Up Shop as part of London Design Festival. We were invited to create a participatory event built around the latest prototype of the Fairphone, the first smartphone designed and produced with transparency […]

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Smarter Phones or Smarter Citizens?

It looks like it’s business as usual for mobile manufacturers, providers and “enthusiasts”. In the past few days, we have once again witnessed a typical set of events: first of all, new versions of an iconic smartphone get unveiled, followed by an extraordinary round of hype and media attention – like there is no tomorrow, […]

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September Workshop: Start your own Restart Party!

You have contacted us from all over the UK and well beyond. Some of you have plenty of repair skills you want to share. Others love the concept and would like to see it happening nearby. We have created a list of initial guidelines to help you run your event, but we know sometimes a […]

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Building a new economy, one repair at a time

This week the Transition Network‘s Reconomy Project featured us along with 19 other fantastic projects in their newly published report: “The New Economy in 20 Enterprises”. We were delighted to be selected among such inspiring innovators striving to invent new meaningful local economies: reskilling and creating jobs in our communities, while developing much needed services […]

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Redesigning the inkjet printer – work in progress

This week we participated in the first of three workshops organised by the People’s Design Lab. It was an opportunity to learn from others with a background in design about their frustrations with printing. Interestingly, initial conversations revolved around a deeper question: why should we print at all? Why is it that certain airlines and […]