Agreed Chris, I think helping people stay connected and cultivating a sense of solidarity is really important.
I’ve not tried a Twitter hour before, but like the idea. But we are talking to an Estonian makerspace who want to start a #FixingFromHome campaign/competition to encourage people to repair things around the house in creative/fun ways. Perhaps that could be a vehicle for some kind of repair hour?
Educational content is also on our radar. @Purna (Repair Café Bengaluru) started a conversation about this here:
I’m with Janet here; I think for us, the interaction between the person who owns the item, the volunteer repairer and the item itself is the heart of our events. Repairing items is good, but changing people’s relationships with their belongings is even more powerful.
That said, I believe @Lorna_Montgomery is currently running a pop-up repair shop in Bath and may have some advice here (though possibly in a new topic, as this one is about online events )
This would be really useful! But I’ve not come across anything like this anywhere yet. Maybe others have?
yes, agreed! I find that platforms/events that try to replicate offline spaces often don’t work that well. Besides, in-person events can often feel slightly chaotic, a tendency I think would only become more pronounced if the same format were to be attempted online. This seems like a good opportunity to try out some different ideas that make the most of digital technologies (e.g. embedding how-to Youtube videos, bringing together specialists in more obscure types of repair and so on)
This sounds great! I don’t have anything that needs repairing, but I’d love to come along to support