With 2019 drawing to a close, we’re feeling reflective here at Restart. This year has been one of the best yet for repair, so let’s look back at some of the highlights from the last twelve months.
We hosted a celebration of International Repair Day event in Brixton at our home 3Space International House. It was the biggest event we’ve run in years. We wish every Restart Party could be like this!
Runder Tisch Reparatur (German Repair Round Table) ran such an inspiring global Fixfest in Berlin. The event embodied everything we’d hoped: DIY spirit, free programme and space for exchange, thought-provoking keynote speakers, and two “fringe” events (the Climate Strike march and a repair data dive).
Last month, on the invitation of Virtual School at Croydon Council, we worked with 15-20 asylum-seeking youth in a summer school. We created a short, 9-session curriculum based on the requests of the young people themselves. Students upgraded and earned their own laptop.
We’re really excited to participate in the second-ever global Fixfest in Berlin later this month. While many members of our network from Belgium, Italy, Norway, Sweden and here in the UK can fund their own travel, others cannot. Thanks to generous funding from the Shuttleworth Foundation, we’ve been able to sponsor a larger, global delegation to the event.
We’ve just released a set of new educational resources that help us open our electronics and open our eyes to the raw materials inside that we are simply throwing away. Even when we recycle electronics, most of these “critical raw materials” are not getting recouped.
We appear on The One Show this evening, calling out in-built obsolescence and short product lifetimes and fixing with our community in Brixton. If you feel moved to get involved anywhere in the UK, we’re here for you.
Following much attention to the climate crisis, and the passage of a binding net-zero emissions target here in the UK, we’ve had quite a couple of weeks promoting the Right to Repair. Leaders of two political parties that experienced a surge of support in recent elections read and endorsed The Manchester Declaration, a document drafted by 59 community repair activists.