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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, produced by podcaster Dave Pickering, features a number of frustrating gadgets including an inkjet printer given as a wedding present. Product designer Barry Waddilove helps explain to Dave why these gadgets frustrate and how new thinking in design could truly transform our relationship with electronics.

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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. What will the shopping centre of the future look like? How will space be reconfigured? 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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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.

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Reasons to fix and to support our community fixing

Earlier this year, Restarters and participants at a Restart Party in Camden shared why they love our events. Three UCL Material Cultures masters students facilitated, and talented photographer Heather Agyepong took these photos.

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Good news: awards and institutional support

We won some recognition and funding! Votes of confidence from Nominet Trust, Unltd, WRAP and the London Sustainable Development Commission help our “upstart” message travel further – and our business grow, so we can sustain ourselves.

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Restarter Profile: Meet Philip

Meet Philip, a Restarter who was a VSO volunteer after degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. Then he went on to work in IT. Now he’s busy in his retirement volunteering and singing.

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Restarter Profile: Meet Faraz

Restarter Faraz is a maker and hacker with a degree in Materials Science. He loves helping people, learning and solving puzzles, which is why he loves Restart Parties. Read more about what motivates him to fix