Partners and Projects
As of January 2018
Community Repair Events
We're organizing Fixit Clinics at three Berkeley Public Library branches, and working with the Library system to establish Fixit Clinics as an ongoing program.
Partners, co-sponsors and supporters of our Fixit Clinic work include:
We're organizing a Repair Café in Berkeley.
Partners, co-sponsors and supporters of our Repair Café work include:
Community Repair Events
We intend to establish an independent group that will organize ongoing Community Repair Events in The East Bay. That group's home and the flavor and format of events will emerge as we work with our partners hosting events, researching resources, and discerning the needs of The East Bay's many communities.
The essential element will be 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.
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.
In August 2018 we collaborated 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."
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.