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Tiny houses, decluttering and late consumerist disorders

The “declutter” and “tiny house” trends are a sort of consumerist purging. And they run the risk of becoming transformed from ways of thinking to passive services and a pret-a-ocuper products. It is comparatively easy to throw or give away. It is harder to change our relationship with stuff over the long term.

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5 simple ways to save your good old Android

This post is for you non-geeks. We promise. There are a number of things you can do before giving up on an old Android. We see these problems all of the time at Restart Parties. (And some of this we have learned through personal, frustrating experience!) Does your device display some really scary stuff on […]

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Survival as thought experiment: on resilience and restarting the world

Let me tell a story about what “survival” means where I grew up. Long before I started working on The Restart Project, when I was just about old enough to legally get behind the wheel and leave the city limits, I went to a paintball course with some friends. I can’t remember if it was […]

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How to grow a circular economy

Last year, our TEDx talk raised the question of how to move towards a people-centred circular economy. This question is more relevant than ever. Recently, we contributed to the Environmental Audit Committee’s ongoing inquiry on Growing a Circular Economy – our evidence follows below. Thanks to researcher Lara Houston for turning our concerns and ideas into this document. 1 […]

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Guest post: Yes, you can fix it!

This is guest post by Restarter Philip Le Riche By a stroke of luck it was not the depths of winter when the central heating packed up last week. There being no sign of life from either the controller or the boiler, the first thing I checked was the fuse. Indeed, it had blown. A […]

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Skillsharing workshops, for and by women

Last week, our first women’s electronics repair workshop was a great success, thanks to the participation of 12 women of all ages and skill levels. We had an ex-professional repairer in our ranks, some born tinkerers and DIY types, and some who had never really had an opportunity to tinker. Our workshop is named after […]

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An inspiring DIY workshop

Yesterday we visited the London Bike Kitchen – a very special DIY Bike Repair Workshop in east London. We had felt a certain kinship with this project for a long time, but had yet to visit. Opened by Jenni Gwiazdowski in 2012, the workshop space was a natural evolution from a market stall where Jenni helped […]

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First ever global repair/fixit hangout

Join us for the first ever global “hangout” for the grassroots, community fixing and repair movement, April 9. Community repair groups are flourishing all over the world. The number of fixit groups, Repair Cafés and Restart Parties has grown to the point that nobody has a real count of them! (The Restart Project maintains a […]

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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 […]