Allies and Partners
There are some GREAT people doing outstanding work in repair.
Noted below are some of the organizations that have either partnered with us in programming, or allied themselves with our purpose.
Partners in Our Work
Agency by Design Oakland
"Our mission is to redefine what learning looks like in schools through maker-centered education. All learners have the potential to be empowered change makers in our democracy. Agency by Design offers a path to use maker-centered learning to support equity, student success, critical thinking, joyful school culture, and a shift to learner-driven practice." - Oakland, CA
“The mission of Maker Ed is to harness the potential of making to transform teaching and learning. To achieve this, we provide training, support, and resources to individuals, institutions and communities who are integrating maker education into their learning environments.”
“Fixit Clinic conveys basic disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair skills using peoples' own broken things as the vehicle. By sharing these skills while transferring them to others we teach critical thinking through the lens of our relationship to consumption and sustainability. We strive to demystify science and technology so that we can ultimately make better policy choices as a society.”
Transition Berkeley hosts Repair Cafés in Berkeley. The organization “brings neighbors and community members together to build a more equitable, sustainable, self-reliant future for Berkeley. [The] envision a strong, diverse local economy, with greatly reduced dependence on fossil fuels, and a healthy, cooperative, rewarding community life." - Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Public Library
Berkeley Public Library
Tool Lending Library — The Library runs a regular program of Fixit Clinics, with the support of Fixit Clinic and The Culture of Repair Project. - Berkeley, CA
East Bay Community Foundation
"We mobilize generous donors, organizations, corporations, policy makers, and community leaders to leverage all community assets to transform the lives of people in the East Bay. We believe in advancing a Just East Bay – where all communities have supports in place not only to survive, but to thrive." - The East Bay, CA
"The Crucible inspires creative exploration and expression through welcoming, hands-on arts education and experiences for people of diverse ages and backgrounds. As an innovative hub built around the industrial arts, The Crucible is a catalyst for individual growth and vibrant community connections." - Oakland, CA
"We inspire girls to bring their audacious ideas to life and to thrive, now and in the future. Integrating design, engineering, serious skills and social justice, our programs equip girls with the confidence and tools to build anything they can imagine and to grow alongside one another and their communities." See this two minute video about Girls Garage. - Berkeley, CA.
Allies In Our Work
"One of the most responsible things we can do as a company is to make high-quality stuff that lasts for years and can be repaired, so you don’t have to buy more of it. Worn Wear celebrates the stories we wear, keeps your gear in action longer through repair and reuse, and recycles your garments when they're beyond repair."
The Worn Wear website offers instructions on how to fix and care for Patagonia clothing. But true to their spirit, Worn Wear urges using the guides for clothing and other gear from anywhere.
"Things break. Wear and tear is normal, but throwing away almost-functional devices shouldn't be. Our goal is to provide you with everything you need to fix things yourself. You can fix it. We make it easy." Parts and tools; free repair manuals (replete with photos), tips, and guidance to other online resources.
"The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. We transform the ideals of sustainability into everyday practice. We deliver information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change." - Berkeley, CA
The Restart Project
"The Restart Project is a people-powered platform for change, helping demand emerge for more sustainable, better electronics. By working with communities, schools, and companies to value and use electronics longer – and documenting the barriers to doing so – we’re driving a global movement to move beyond the throw-away economy."
Repair Cafés are intermittent gatherings of volunteers who know how to repair things, and folks who need things fixed. People either do the repair themselves, helped and guided by the fixers, or they watch the volunteers make their best efforts to bring objects back into service. With luck, there's a fix, and if not there's peace of mind that it's really ready for recycling after all. Either way folks walk away empowered to take on their own repair projects going forward.
The Repair Association
"In addition to standing up for your interests in Washington DC, The Repair Association is a place where repair industry professionals can meet on common terms to discuss issues that relate to us all, network with other members, and move our businesses and our industry forward."
"Our goal is to increase material literacy in our community by fostering an ethic of creative caring toward the objects in our lives." - Brooklyn, NY
Right to Repair - Europe
“We are a coalition of European organizations active around the cause of repair. We are based in several European countries and represent community repair groups, social economy actors, self repair and any citizen who would like to advocate for their right to repair.” - Europe and the UK
"We have learned that people are hungry for repair services, eager to re-think the way we buy and spend, and willing to spend their money to take care of the things they have. We help make it easier. Re-invigorating repair in our economy will help us rethink the way we design, manufacture, shop, use and discard. Repair creates a connection between what we own and what we value."
- New York, NY