Partners and Projects

As of January 2019

 

 

Community Repair Events

Our vision has been to support the development of ongoing Community Repair Events in The East Bay. Consistent with our mission and the nature of our work, those programs would ultimately work independent of The Culture of Repair Project.

The success of our four Community Repair Events in 2018 brought that vision to fruition much more quickly than expected!

The essential element of events is teaching and emboldening people to fix their own things, encouraging a shift in how we think about our possessions, and raising awareness around the profound impact made by extending the life of what we already have.

More details of the vision are here.

 
 

Fixit Clinics

After organizing the first three Fixit Clinics at Berkeley Public Library, we’re helping the Library establish Fixit Clinics as ongoing programming, run by the Library.

Partners, co-sponsors and supporters of our Fixit Clinic work have included:

 
 

Repair Café

After organizing the inaugural Berkeley Repair Café in May 2018, we’re supporting Transition Berkeley’s assuming leadership of ongoing Repair Cafés.

Partners, co-sponsors and supporters of our Repair Café work have included:

Repair Café International

Repair Café International

 

 

Education and Collaboration

Repair's problem-solving, materials exploration, design orientation, and systems thinking align exquisitely with schools' maker spaces' curricula, structures and objectives.  We are therefore in conversation with Berkeley Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, and East Bay educational not-for-profits, exploring how incorporating repair would enrich their established and developing programs. 

Agency by Design Oakland Collaboration

In August 2018 we began collaborating with Agency by Design Oakland to offer Mini-Grants to AbD Oakland Teacher Fellows, and their school site colleagues, to explore the relationship between repair and maker-centered learning in the K-12 classroom.

AbD Oakland Mission:  "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. Our mission is to redefine what learning looks like in schools through maker-centered education."

A 6th grade class at a public Oakland elementary school explored repair in the fall of 2018.

A 6th grade class at a public Oakland elementary school explored repair in the fall of 2018.

Agency by Design Oakland will report findings from this initial exploration in early 2019. Those findings and plans for subsequent work will be published on this page thereafter.

Interested in volunteering to help teachers with Repair programs in the schools? Please visit the “Get Involved” page here for information.

Mini-Grant Program details are here.

 

Related to supporting repair in the classroom, we've created and are continually adding to a pool of Resources for Educators.  Those resources include repair-related curricula and supporting material from around the globe.

Other projects are stirring out of our research concerns, relating dynamic remote initiatives (the East Coast and the UK) with University of California and City of Berkeley resources.

 

Grants Program

 

Working with the East Bay Community Foundation, we've established a Grants Program to support furthering the mission of The Culture of Repair Project.