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Fixing stuff, Creating Community & Repairing the World

The repair movement worldwide is at the forefront of the revolution to rethink our material world. All over the world people are pooling their resources, sharing information and learning how to be more than consumers. We are learning to be fixers, and we are starting to fix our world. We are fighting for the right to repair the things we own, for policies that require eco-design of all new products, and for the just transition to a circular economy. In taking up repair, we prompt a conversation and inquiry into the ethics and practice of care--of things, yes, but also of each other, our environment and our communities. In this session, we will look at how to ditch the throwaway economy and build more resilient communities. To fix is to learn.

To see how creative, vital and international the repair movement is, search repair on Instagram. There are 1,600 Repair Cafes in 33 countries: free community meeting places to bring a beloved but broken item to be repaired by an expert who is also your neighbor. They extend the useful life of tons of items every month, but the real significance is the signal they send: We are better off when we see our own community in the midst of cooperation, creativity and decency, where goals are achieved and positive outcomes realized. This idea is eminently replicable and will encourage climate change solutions at every level.

John Wackman will be our presenter. John organized the first Repair Café in the region in New Paltz in 2013. He is the coordinator, communicator and cheerleader for Repair Cafes in the Hudson Valley, now active in more than 40 communities in 12 counties in the Hudson Valley, Catskills and Capital region. His book Repair Revolution, co-authored with Elizabeth Knight, will be published in April 2020 by New World Library.

Earlier Event: October 16
Non-Fiction Book Club!
Later Event: November 12
Affordable Housing Paperwork Party