An attempt at repair-making is always a risk, and so must be accompanied with a side order of hope. Through repetition and practice, repair-skills grow and spread and, through time, many small actions become bigger ones, many hopes join together.
In this month’s radio takeover, Restart volunteers Ben Skidmore and Dave Lukes talk about “repair on the edge”: how to deal with unsual fixes when one lacks the necessary skills or tools.
Ellie and Dave interview Restart volunteer Alvin Hardy, who shares his life-long passion for “ham” radio. We discuss the importance of radio and the value of the community that it helps bring together.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve been granted two years funding from Nesta and the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to actively promote Restart Parties and spread community repair across England.
The patterns and trends in our repair data can give us powerful insights into the repair movement, and we now have over 6,000 device repairs captured in the Fixometer. We’ve learned how to query, clean, and we’ve made progress on standardising our data.