“It’s heartening to see the rise in popularity of Repair Cafes, to witness communities gathering to collectively build resilience, share technical skills, honor value, and celebrate creativity. I hope communities can use this book to continue building support for a repair revolution.” 
— Katrina Rodabaugh, author of Mending Matters

Repair Revolution is the first book to comprehensively introduce the ideas of “repair culture” and the wisdom and practice of repair to a larger audience. The book is about much more than Repair Cafes--it is about the way repair initiatives of all kinds build community and awareness about the larger challenges facing our planet.


We believe that every town needs a Repair Cafe, Fixit Clinic, Tool Library or something like it, and Repair Revolution is also an empowering guide for readers who want to start a repair initiative of their own.  


Repair Revolution (Paperback)

How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture

By John Wackman, Elizabeth Knight

New World Library, 9781608686605, 320pp.

List Price: 18.95*

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Every year, millions of people throw away clothes, furniture, computers, appliances, and countless other items that get broken through natural wear and tear, simply because they lack the know-how to fix them. It’s just more convenient to buy new stuff. This throwaway lifestyle depletes Earth’s resources and adds to overflowing landfills.


Although our society accepts frivolous waste as normal, there is a better way. Repair Revolution chronicles the rise of repair cafés: nonprofit, volunteer organizations devoted to repairing electronics and household items for free.

Repair Revolution explores the philosophy and wisdom of repairing, as well as the rising Right to Repair movement. It finishes with the practical details: online resources, fixes for common product malfunctions, and tips for founding your own repair café.


Ultimately, Repair Revolution is about more than fixing material objects: in an age of overconsumption and planned obsolescence, do-it-yourself repair is a way of caring for our lives, our communities, and our planet.

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JOHN WACKMAN founded the first Repair Cafe in New York State and now describes his role as that of coordinator, communicator, and cheerleader for Repair Cafes in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Capital District of New York, as well as for the repair movement globally.


He has participated in Repair Cafes in the Netherlands and co-presented with Martine Postma at the Drawdown Learn Conference at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. He has presented on community repair at the New York and New Jersey Library Associations’ annual conferences and led a statewide webinar for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He serves on the board of Sustainable Hudson Valley and is a commissioner for the City of Kingston Climate Smart Commission. John is a recipient of an Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Champion Award. 


For nearly three decades, John wrote and produced programming for public television and national cable networks to encourage strength and creativity within communities. With Lightworks Producing Group in New York, he worked on many specials and series, and executive produced the civil rights documentaries You Don’t Have to Ride Jim Crow! and Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels. For PBS, he created, with host Mary Ann Esposito, the cooking series Ciao  Italia, still in production and the longest-running cooking series on television.


ELIZABETH KNIGHT is the author of four books that have been featured in New York magazine, USA Today, The Washington Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Woman’s Day, among other publications. A tea and entertaining expert and the former tea sommelier for the St. Regis Hotel, she was a frequent guest on over fifty nationwide radio and television programs, including WNBC’s Today in New York and the Travel Channel. For more than twenty years, she managed marketing communications, trade advertising, sales promotion and special events, and visual merchandising for retail stores, wholesale showrooms, and trade shows. Clients included Royal Doulton china, American Express, and Bloomingdale’s, among others. 


More recently, she has become a sustainability activist and community organizer. In 2016, she started Orange County, New York’s first Repair Cafe, which, four years on, serves people from as many as nineteen towns in two states. She and her team have received certificates of appreciation from county, town, and village officials. In celebration of Earth Day, Elizabeth founded an annual Too Good to Toss Community Swap, which is visited by hundreds of people who come to shop for free. In October 2018, she organized a pop-up Repair Cafe at the international ReuseConex convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Martine Postma, founder of Repair Café International, was the keynote speaker.