The Nature of the Work

 

By definition, a project working to transform culture operates in all areas of society:  in the public, private and non-for-profit sectors; with organizations large and small; and with myriad socioeconomic and identity demographies. Our facilitating and networking efforts connect people within and across those demarcations, enabling the success of discrete projects and strengthening the broad-based, increasingly consolidated, trans-global repair movement.

  iFixit.org  has partnered with  Patagonia  "to help teach regular people how to repair".

iFixit.org has partnered with Patagonia "to help teach regular people how to repair".

The core components of our work are networking, sharing information, facilitating securing resources, and promoting repair as a social value. 

The Culture of Repair Project is concerned with work in The East Bay, and is currently concentrating on initiatives in Oakland and Berkeley, CA.

 

SCHOOLS

The Culture of Repair Project is ready to help East Bay teachers incorporate repair into existing classes and develop new courses and projects.  We have relationships with organizations that have developed and are disseminating repair curriculum and project support to schools.  We can also help secure small grants to establish, refine and prove concept.

The "maker spaces" more and more schools are establishing are particularly well suited for programs focused on repair - teaching skills and empowering students to "open it up and see what's there", and, more important: teaching young people the imperative to extend the life-span of the things they have.

Details → Educator Resources, Grants, Partners and Projects

NON-PROFITS

We're in conversation with East Bay educational non-profits about adding repair modules to existing classes, and/or developing new curriculum expressly about repair.

 London-based  Restart Project : "We are working with keen educators and student leaders to discover how best to spread our Restart activities and ethos in schools."

London-based Restart Project: "We are working with keen educators and student leaders to discover how best to spread our Restart activities and ethos in schools."


PUBLIC / PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

We seek opportunities to collaborate with local municipalities, regional authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses to implement projects supportive of repair.  For example: We would like to see economic development programs cultivating vibrant networks of local independent repair shops.

Our work includes researching initiatives in other localities and bringing relevant ideas to the East Bay.

  Fixup : "Care for what you have." New York, NY

Fixup: "Care for what you have." New York, NY

 

COMMUNITY REPAIR EVENTS

Folks who know how to fix things, getting together to help folks who don't, bringing broken things back to life.  Along the way, the more important objective is accomplished:  Raising people's awareness of the imperative of extending the lifespan of the things we have by fixing them rather than prematurely discarding and replacing them.

These gatherings are sweeping the globe, from the over 1450 Repair Cafés around the world affiliated with Amsterdam's Repair Café Foundation, to Fixit Clinic's 250-plus events nationwide, to London-based Restart Project's dozens of "Restart Parties" across the UK and the continent, to many, many stand-alone initiatives, such as Chicago's Community Glue Workshop, Portland's Repair PDX and Brooklyn's Fixers' Collective.

Details → The Vision,

  Repair Cafe Palo Alto  was the first established in the U.S.

Repair Cafe Palo Alto was the first established in the U.S.

With Transition Berkeley we're organizing Repair Cafés — some folks will bring broken things, others will bring know-how and tools, and yet others will bring coffee, bagels and fruit.  Repair Cafés aren't free repair services, they're about neighbors helping each other out, getting to know each other, and learning how to squeeze more life out of the things we already have.

Details → Community Repair Events, Past Repair Café

 

 
  Fixit Clinic  is increasingly focused upstream, cultivating a repair-friendly sensibility in the designers and engineers of tomorrow. Young people are a target audience, as at this Fixit Clinic at MIT.

Fixit Clinic is increasingly focused upstream, cultivating a repair-friendly sensibility in the designers and engineers of tomorrow. Young people are a target audience, as at this Fixit Clinic at MIT.

  Hudson Valley Repair Café , New York: "Toss it? No way!"

Hudson Valley Repair Café, New York: "Toss it? No way!"

 

With Berkeley Public Library, we're also helping organize Fixit Clinics. Focusing on empowering people through knowledge and experience, Fixit Coaches help participants repair their own things.  "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."

Details → Community Repair Events, Past Library Fixit Clinics

We intend to help help establish an entity that will organize ongoing Community Repair Events in The East Bay, ultimately independent of The Culture of Repair Project.  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.  Details our vision.


ADVOCACY

  iFixit.org  publishes extensive information related to the social impact of repairability. "Repair is freedom. Repair creates jobs. Repair is sustainable."

iFixit.org publishes extensive information related to the social impact of repairability. "Repair is freedom. Repair creates jobs. Repair is sustainable."

 

The Culture of Repair Project is aligned with state, national and international bodies working to promote an awareness of the value of repair, to develop access to repair resources, and to reduce and eliminate obstacles to repair.

Right to Repair legislation was introduced in Sacramento in 2018.  It was an important beginning of the conversation in California. Text of the bill.

  iFixit.com  offers repair manuals for everything from iphone screen replacement to coffee maker repair to putting jeans back in service.

iFixit.com offers repair manuals for everything from iphone screen replacement to coffee maker repair to putting jeans back in service.

 
  The Repair Association  works at the federal and state levels to promote access by independent repair shops to information and parts.

The Repair Association works at the federal and state levels to promote access by independent repair shops to information and parts.