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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.