Repair Café organizers John Wackman (New Paltz, NY State) and Elizabeth Knight (Warwick, NY State) have written a book on the international community repair movement. Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture will be launched on October 27, but can be pre-ordered via Amazon already.
In their book, John and Elizabeth explore repairing in the broadest sense of the word. They focus on the community repair experience, the wisdom of repair, the sustainable aspects of repairing, the adventure of opening a device and seeing what’s inside, the right to repair that is being increasingly advocated internationally – and much more!
Repair Revolution chronicles the rise of Repair Cafés, Fixit Clinics, and other volunteer-run organizations devoted to helping consumers repair their beloved but broken items for free. The book includes an afterword by Martine Postma, founder of Repair Café International Foundation.
Inspire and encourage
This is what the publisher, New World Library, says about Repair Revolution: “This book provides inspiration and instructions for starting, staffing, and sustaining your own repair events. “Fixperts” share their favorite online repair resources, as well as tips and step-by-step instructions for how to make your own repairs. Ultimately, Repair Revolution is about more than fixing material objects: in an age of over-consumption and planned obsolescence, do-it-yourself repair is a way of caring for our lives, our communities, and our planet.”
“The goal of this book is to inspire and encourage people everywhere to start a Repair Café or Tool Library – or something like it – in their community”, says John Wackman.
Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, puts it this way: “The impulse to repair is present in every part of our lives. This book tells the important story of the people leading the repair movement.”