“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.
The authors would be pleased to:
be interviewed about the themes of Repair Revolution for a print article
be a guest on your podcast
join a conversation or panel for your online event
speak to your book group