How to power up community repair with Restarters.net

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Power up your community repair events

Click on the link below that best describes how you’d like to be involved:

:raising_hand_woman:t3: :raising_hand_man:t4: I want to organise repair events

:woman_mechanic:t5: :man_mechanic:t2: I want to repair stuff at events


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:woman_technologist:t4: :man_technologist:t2: I want to help out online
:man_pilot:t3: :woman_pilot:t5: I want to co-ordinate a network of repair groups


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I want to organise repair events

Organising a successful repair event is incredibly rewarding and easier than you might think, especially with the Restarters community supporting you all the way! Here’s how Restarters.net can help make planning your events easier:

Manage your group

1. Set up your group’s space :house:

Set up your own space by creating a group and customise it with your own logo, links and description. Your group will become your organising hub. Once fully set up, it can take out some of the admin that comes with managing a team of people.

Plus, you’ll automatically get your own visitor-friendly page on our main site (like this one for Leicester Fixers).

:toolbox: Need repair tools? If you’re a new group and need a hand stocking up with some tools, we can provide a starter bundle containing an iFixt Pro Tech Toolkit worth £60 for just the price of shipping. Click/tap here for more info.

2. Bring your team together :busts_in_silhouette:

The next step is to invite fellow organisers and repairers to join the group. You can do this via email from your group’s page (under the ‘Group actions’ menu in the top right). A window will pop up where you can write an email inviting people to the group (or event). Feel free to customise your email to suit whomever you’re inviting:

If you’d prefer to use a link, click on ‘Invite via shareable link’ in the top right. You can then copy the link and share it with anyone you want to invite.

click/tap to see how

You can also find and invite new repairers and organisers in your area by clicking the ‘Volunteers nearby’ button in the ‘Group actions’ menu on your group page — especially useful if your group is just getting started:

Inviting other people can make your life easier in a number of ways:

  • :spiral_notepad: Stay organised: you’ll have a list of everyone who’s involved, who you can contact through Talk (i.e. this forum).

  • :email: Keep volunteers up to date automatically: members of your group will receive email notifications whenever you add an event (if they haven’t opted out).

  • :white_check_mark: See who’s coming to your next event: volunteers can RSVP to events you create, letting you know they’ll be there at the click of a button.

  • :toolbox: Know what skills you’ll have in the room: if your volunteers have added skills to their profile, you’ll also see those, so you’ll know in advance what kinds of repair you can handle.

:busts_in_silhouette: No team yet? Share your plans with us in #community-repair and we can help.

3. Start communicating :mega:

Restarters Talk (this forum) lets you send messages to your group members individually - as long as they’ve visited it at least once - without having to store their email address. So when it comes to GDPR, you’re covered! Learn how to use Talk here.

:bulb: Restarters Talk is also a great place to meet the rest of the network: ask fellow organisers for advice, share learning and connect with others passionate about community repair events.

If you’d like a space for private group discussions, we can set up a private discussion space for you and your group, just like the ones here. This works a bit like a mailing list and gives you a place to co-ordinate while keeping a neat record of conversations. It also integrates fully with email, so your group members don’t have to log in to read or reply.

Plan events :spiral_calendar:

Add events to your group to let the world know your plans - don’t forget to read our event-planning guide for help. Once approved, your event will automatically get published on the Restart website (like this one) and appear in our monthly newsletter to help spread the word. If your event is also on Facebook, we can shout about it there too.

For a more personal touch and to confirm attendance, invite people via email straight from the event’s page.

:bulb: Remember that your group members will get notified automatically when you create an event. But an invitation sent a few days before the event can be a nice reminder to RSVP.

Celebrate your impact! :tada:

Quantify how awesome you and your repairers are by adding repair data during or after your events. The tool will automatically measure your environmental impact, letting you and your volunteers know how much CO2 and e-waste you’ve diverted. As you run more events, your group page will keep a track of your total stats too.

:loudspeaker: Coming soon: we’ll soon be adding support for non-electrical devices. See updates here.

Saving waste and CO2 is definitely worth shouting about, so you can also share your stats with anyone, such as your community or funders. :green_heart:

:loudspeaker: Coming soon: automatically generated, beautiful infographics you can share on social media!

As you collect more data, you’ll be able to analyse the types of item you see at events (e.g. which devices are most common, have the highest fix rates and so on).


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I want to repair stuff at events

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of fixing something that was broken — especially at a community repair event! But it can be equally frustrating when a repair proves too difficult or even impossible due to lack of decent documentation, unavailable spare parts or repair-unfriendly design.

Restarters.net is our answer to this. It’s a place to share problems, solutions and skills with other repairers as well as record the repairs you make to help us campaign for more repairable products.

Improve your repair knowledge & share your skills

We are a community of repairers with literally centuries of experience between us! If you have trouble with a particular device, chances are there’s someone on the forum—Talk—who’s come across something similar and would be happy to help out. This is also where we share #repair-stories : successes :tada:, questions :thinking:, and oddities :exploding_head:

But more than talking about specific devices, we’re interested in sharing transferable repair skills, which we document on our collaborative repair wiki. This is a great resource for anyone getting started with electronics repair as well as those with more experience.

The Wiki is written and owned by the community and any member is welcome to contribute.

Stay connected with your local repair group(s)

It’s easy to keep up to date with repair events happening in your area. Simply find and join your local repair group(s) to receive a notification whenever they plan a new event (assuming you’ve opted into emails).

You can also add any event to your personal calendar (Google, Outlook, iCal or Yahoo). This is particularly useful if you don’t log in very often but want to remember when events are happening.

Click/tap here to see how

Just click the ‘Add to calendar’ button below the location map:

To help out the organisers, you can also let them know you’re coming by clicking on the RSVP button on the event’s page. Knowing who plans to be there can remove a whole lot of stress for whoever is planning the event.

Your local group has the option to use Talk (this forum) to send out messages. Is your group/area on the list? If so, make sure you join the discussion group to stay in the loop.

:email: You can choose whether or not to receive messages from Talk via email in your email preferences. Emailed messages are helpful if you don’t log in often, especially as you can reply to them directly from your email client. Learn more about adjusting your notifications or about how to use Talk.

Bring down the barriers to repair

Every repair you make not only reduces waste and CO2 emissions, but can also help us learn more about why devices fail and what makes repairing them difficult.

We can all probably list common issues with various products (like failing elements in a toaster and smashed screens on phones) as well as lots factors that make repair more complicated (such as the use of glue not screws, unavailabity of spare parts and so on). But wouldn’t it be useful to quantify these?

For every event, we record as much data as we can about each repair. So far, we’ve logged well over 10,000 repair attempts together and are starting to use this data to help us campaign for our Right to Repair.

It’s easy to record your repairs yourself, and by doing so, you might just be helping shape the products of the future!

:loudspeaker: Coming soon: we’ll soon be adding support for non-electrical devices. See updates here.


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