Tiny houses, decluttering and late consumerist disorders

The “declutter” and “tiny house” trends are a consumerist purging. 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.


The UK adopts the single-most noxious event in American consumer culture

At a time when we hear incessant attacks on immigration, we see this country handing itself over to the single-most destructive, noxious event in American consumer culture: “Black Friday”


Guest post: Notes on my first Restart Party

This guest post is by Barcelona-based researcher Blanca Callén, who spent a week with The Restart Project. Read more about her ethnographic research on informal processing of electronic waste. Wednesday, the world – as we used to live it – was completely turned upside down. It happened over three hours, from 6-9pm at the Kentish Town […]


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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Celebrating our half-birthday – December parties!

Wow, time flies, we look at the calendar and we will have had over a dozen Restart Parties in our six short months of life. We’ve learned tons and met so many great people. And we’ve had so many “hallelujah” moments – like this one, in our very first Restart Party: We have three events […]