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This October: Join Restart At City University

One of the objectives of the Restart Project is to help new groups all over the world to replicate our Restart Parties independently, to support the spreading of repair skills and reduce chances that a simple, repairable fault in a pair of headphones, a printer, a kettle or a laptop might result in additional e-waste. […]

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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. First we visited the Zhong Xing Used Goods Market, an impressive district of warehouses, where all kinds of used products are refurbished and prepared to be resold. We were particularly impressed with entire […]

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Visiting Access Space

We recently had the opportunity to visit Access Space, the pioneering centre in Sheffield where repair culture, reuse, making and remaking all magically come together. Making and fixing might now be fashionable words, but the venues hosting them often feel like temples where all sorts of gadgets and 3D-printers are the stars, and if you […]

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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 […]