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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

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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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.

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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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Want to host a Restart Party? Please use our new kit

In our Restart Party Kit, we offer some small tips and suggestions that might help other Restart Party hosts get started quicker. At the end of the day, throwing a Restart Party is not rocket science. Restart Party hosts are social people – who love to get involved, learn more about their community and make great things possible, one repair at a time.

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This October: Join Restart At City University

One of the objectives of the Restart Project is to help new groups all over the world to replicate our Restart Parties independently, to support the spreading of repair skills and reduce chances that a simple, repairable fault in a pair of headphones, a printer, a kettle or a laptop might result in additional e-waste. […]

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Sustainable design: focus on gadget longevity

We spoke at the Indie Tech Summit in July. There was a great deal of discussion about the broken business models for apps and online services, which are essentially based on corporate surveillance. The user gets a free product in exchange for selling his or her data. And very few users understand what they are […]