Pile of discarded hoverboards

Restart Radio: Hoverboards and throw-away toys for ‘big kids’

When we grow up, we buy things for sensible reasons, and don’t lose get bored or lose interest with our ‘toys’… or so the story goes. But recent fads for personal mobility devices would suggest otherwise.

Halima (left) takes part in a women's skill share

Restarter Profile: Meet Halima

A tinkerer from a young age, Halima hosts workshops for women who want to learn to code. Find out more about how she got involved with the Restart Project.

How to find reliable commercial repairers?

We took the opportunity to research commercial repair businesses in East London to come up with initial criteria to help find reliable options

Pink telephone

Restart Podcast ep. 18: Gendered gadgets

We explore the qualities in our gadgets aimed at a particular gender. Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino talks to us about the history of gender-bias in kitchens and more. Technological gadgets, like people, are not always neutral.

Restart party host James Diamond at a Restart party in Hackney

Restart Party Host Profile: Meet James

James has been tinkering from a very young age, honing his skills on dodgy cars and motorbike engines before moving to electrical devices. He organises Restart Parties in Hackney, North London, alongside the Hackney Fixers.

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Restart @school session 1: The environmental impact of gadgets

We’ve started our ten-week enrichment project with Archer Academy students in north London. For our first session, we met the students and delved into what motivates us to take action.

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Restart Radio: The language of our gadgets

Our devices talk to us all the time. It is easy to forget that these blips, bleeps and bloops are not merely generated by the things themselves: they are designed by people. Today we talk to one of these people: Dougie Brown from Cassini Sound.

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Restart Radio: Saving whitegoods from waste

This week, Ugo is joined by Lawrence Carey from the Whitegoods Trade Association to explore solutions to the growing challenges faced by repair businesses.

Starting restart in schools

This month, we will begin a ten-session enrichment programme with students at the Archer Academy, a school in North London. We will start with a dive into why we need to change our relationship with electronic and get hands-on.

Playstation VR goggles

Restart Radio: Sustaining Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) has been heralded as ‘the next big thing’ for years now. We investigate ways in which consumer VR might feed into our throwaway economy, or alternatively, ways in which VR might help us imagine more sustainable futures.

mini-drone in flight

Restart Podcast Ep. 17: Drones aren’t just for Christmas

What kind of drone will triumph in the future: will it be the disposable toy that finds its way to dumps or more hackable and repairable models, both buy-and-fly and those emerging from open-source communities?

Twitter chat: Are gadgets ever really gender-neutral?

The pinking of gadgets, the most visible attempt at “gendering” of gadgets, seems to obscure the more subtle gender-biases built into others. Participate in our Twitter chat about this

Our recent campaign and important next steps

Restarters in London definitely earned a quiet Christmas holiday. As well as taking fixing activity to Parliament and the Greater London Assembly we ran events in libraries, community centres and church halls across 14 London boroughs, on all points of the compass.

Restart Radio: Sifting through London’s recycling woes

We all know how to ease the guilt of throwing something away by telling ourselves it will be recycled. But who is in charge, who pays, and does it work? And why do we struggle to increase recycling rates in London?

White cloud in blue sky

Restart Radio: Backups and ‘the cloud’

A copy of personal data is the prerequisite to repair. We talk about how and where to backup, and discuss the environmental impact of cloud storage.

Ugo's mended headphones

Restart Radio: The Future of Personal Listening

Our headphones are some of our most-used and best-loved devices. But how do we pick the right pair, and what do we do when they break? And what about the future?

Restart Radio Top 10 from 2016

The holidays can feel overwhelming, so we present over five hours of our favourite radio shows and podcasts, including geek, tinkerer, designer and academic guests that help put everything into new perspective.

Protesters holding Fuel Poverty banner

Restart Radio: The Challenges of Winter

It’s our last radio show of the year, and the weather is getting colder. This week we take a look at Norwegian repair culture, before turning back to the UK, where the growing fuel poverty problem needs some serious attention.

Restart Radio: E-toys and connected toys

The UK toy market is the largest in the world. As we approach Christmas, how can we reduce the number of electronic toys that end up as rubbish?

Restart Podcast Ep. 16: Steve the Spindoctor (part 2 of 2)

In part two of our two-part series, we join Steve the Spindoctor on another repair trip, and talk to Restarters in Camden about their repair experiences.