When & where?
Why you should come to this session
- Join us if you want to help connect the activities we do in our communities with the issues affecting us all: the throw-away economy and planned obsolescence.
- How can we collaborate to contribute to the push for more repairable products?
- It’s going to be an interactive session, with participants working together in small groups
We’ll use this session to:
- share a quick update on the Right to Repair movement and the opportunities we have to push for more repairable products in the next 3 months
- learn more about each other and the range of motivations driving different groups;
- present the upcoming #RepairDay on Saturday 20 October, and how you all can get involved
- prepare a declaration of priorities for community repair groups in the UK
About the facilitator(s)
I’m @Ugo, a co-founder of The Restart Project, and I think I have attended at least 100 Restart Parties over the last 6 years
From the beginning I’ve been driven by the “power of doing”, mixed with a desire to contribute to making future electronic products more repairable. Among other things, I follow policy development at EU level and try to connect the dots between the Right to Repair movement in the US and Europe.
Please help document this session!
This is a wiki post, meaning anyone can edit it by clicking on the ‘Edit’ button at the bottom of this post: . Feel free to make edits and add your own notes
Initial notes/learning for action:
- for the majority of groups, small electrical and electronic products are the most commonly experienced ones
- we see common barriers: products impossible to open/disassemble; access to spare parts ; software obsolescence
- let’s not reinvent the wheel, we need to work together as a united group, learning more
- how do we change behaviour and expectations? We’re so used to products being unrepairable, that at times we expect they all are
Follow ups :
- let’s start a coordinating group between all community repair groups, so we can learn from each other and achieve more together
- let’s explore how to work better with universities: not just to run repair events, but also to influence/inspire design students (example of Gloucestershire, where Malvern Hills Repair Café managed to collaborate with university design students /lecturers looking at design of devices returned to local supermarket, no longer fit for resale)
- more positive communication, for instance sharing repairs with #joyoffixing, starting with Repair Day
- how to influence important actors? Community leaders (procurement?) + retailers (what repairable products we want them to sell) , plus easier ways to contact MPs with relevant materials
- get repair businesses on our side, collaborate with them
You’re also welcome to leave comments below to help us document the session, e.g.:
- what happened in the session?
- what did you learn or find interesting?
- who did you talk to and did any actions come out of the conversation?