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Fixometer project report: creating an online community space

With the help six Restart Party hosts, in London, Leicester and Turin, we’ve been improving our online community space, designed to help demonstrate the impact of our community electronics repair. It’s nearly ready for launch.


Restart Radio: New mobiles we can open, repair

We talked about some shiny shiny gadgets – two very game-changing projects in the area of modular, repairable design. The Fairphone 2 and Runcible, an example of “heirloom electronics”.

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Restart radio: the upgrade cycle and recycling

In our first weekly (live) radio show, we talked with Restarter Ben Skidmore about some tough mobile and tablet repairs and discussed the mobile upgrade cycle and why we do not recycle.


Why Europe fails to recycle e-waste and some solutions

Despite the best efforts of legislators, regulators and law enforcement, in Europe, we continue to dispose of e-waste in the most inefficient and dangerous ways. Right here, in our own back garden. The solution is citizen-centred.

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Restart Podcast Ep 4: Climate change and the “shadow impacts” of our gadgets

Before a smartphone reaches us, most of the greenhouse gas emissions it will ever make have already been made. Our gadgets have significant, hidden impacts.


A “bubble” stretching from provincial China to our high streets

While China increases capacity to manufacture ever more of the same kinds of products, is it stimulating internal consumption fast enough to compensate for our “meh” with the latest shiny gadget we are all supposed to buy?

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Communicating the impact of our gadgets to students and young people

This week, we were really excited to deliver our first lesson remotely to a classroom in Chicago. Our lesson really provokes students to think about the material aspects of the internet and our digital culture. Students were very engaged.

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Recognising the volunteer contributions of Restarters

An amazing volunteer pool of Restarters has emerged from our monthly community events here in London. We had no idea there were so many talented people just waiting for an opportunity to share their skills.


How to run a Restart Party at a school

This guest post is written by Jeannie Crowley, who we met at Mozfest. She is the Director of Technology at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, New York. She took the initiative of running the first school Restart Party, to fix decommissioned Chromebooks.