Who we are

We’re registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) - a new form of charity. We think of ourselves as a social startup, our idea is to generate revenue to sustain work towards our mission. Hardwired into our constitution is re-investment of all we earn into the promotion of repair and behaviour change.

Founders

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Janet Gunter is an American/British activist, anthropologist and communications professional who has lived and worked in Brazil, East Timor, Portugal and Mozambique. She has lived in Brixton, south London, for six years and feels at home there. (credit to Sarah Ross for the photo)

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Ugo Vallauri is an Italian researcher, professional and critic of ICT for “development”, currently completing an MPhil at Royal Holloway, University of London. He started his career working with the Slow Food movement, then lived four years in Kenya, working for Computer Aid International while DJing and blogging on the local arts scene. He left his heart in Nairobi, and is now a resident of Camden, north London and an active member of Transition Belsize.

Our “Restarters”

Our committed, volunteer “Restarters” – currently about a dozen of them – are crucial to our work. Behaviour change and learning starts with them – with their coaching, teaching and encouragement. They come from all over London, from all ages and all walks of life. We’ll be introducing them on our blog – here is our first post.

Our trustees 

Tony Roberts was a founder of Computer Aid International for 14 years its CEO. He was elected as a founding Director of BOND (UK membership body for NGOs working in international development) and served on the board for four years. He is currently a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Carolina Vallejo is a designer and creative strategist behind the provocative project Design for the First World. She holds a degree in Literature, a Masters in Publishing and another Masters in Interactive Thingies and Their Likes from ITP at NYU. Carolina currently splits her time between projects around architecture, design, community-building and interactive arts. She’s passionate about alternative education and responsible, community-oriented design.

Dr. Niall Winters is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Technologies for Development at the London Knowledge Lab (LKL), Institute of EducationUniversity of London. He works primarily in the field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), where his main research interest is in the participatory design of mobile applications and activities for education in developing regions.

Trusted friends

Jimmy Greer is one of our favourite young thinkers on retail, consumption, sustainability and the future generally. We know him best from his Retail Reset project and his work on How to Fix the World with Umair Haque.

Linda Raftree is a people-centred leader in the global ICT for development (ICT4D) scene. She has worked on participatory mapping projects with youth and young women in her work with Plan International and her blog has a massive following.