We visited the London Bike Kitchen – a very special DIY Bike Repair Workshop in east London. We had felt a certain kinship with this project for a long time. What is for “sale” is empowerment, community and resilience.
Join us for the first ever global “hangout” for the grassroots, community fixing and repair movement, April 9. Community repair groups are flourishing all over the world. The number of fixit groups, Repair Cafés and Restart Parties has grown to the point that nobody has a real count of them! (The Restart Project maintains a […]
Post originally published on the blog of Resource Conference, a free event on the circular economy. In conversations on the circular economy, especially related to electronics, we often feel that repair is little more than an afterthought. Yet, extending the lifespan of an existing device provides tangible benefits: it reduces waste management costs as well as […]
This guest post is by Barcelona-based researcher Blanca Callén, who spent a week with The Restart Project. Read more about her ethnographic research on informal processing of electronic waste.
We were delighted to help BBC Journalist LJ Rich fix her iPad last month, a saga which airs this weekend on BBC Click. Her story of over 8 hours of concentration, disappointment and suspense communicates how hard our sleek, beloved tablets are to repair.
A journalist asked us the other day what our “best repairs” have been, and what makes us proudest about The Restart Project. The best repairs help participants lose their fear, or help volunteers realise how to help others.
We had an amazing year in 2013. Our Restart Parties have inspired people to host their own, from Florida, to Italy to Tunisia and across the city here in London. With this proliferation of Restart Parties, we have learned quickly what kinds of support people need to throw their own. We are working on a […]
From now, we’d like to offer more immediate support, especially to people who have simple problems that seem fatal. If you use Twitter and Facebook, you can get our instant support by using the hashtag #SOSRestart.