I know we’ve posted about this before in a flagging up it was happening type way, but now it’s actually here, so I felt it warranted another post!
This week is International Repair Cafe Week, and is a celebration of the seventh anniversary of the first ever Repair Cafe, held by Repair Cafe founder Martine Postma in Amsterdam. From that one event and that tiny acorn of an idea, there are now over 1100 Repair Cafes in 27 countries around the world – how incredible is that?!
For those of you wondering what on earth a Repair Cafe is, it’s basically a free meeting place that is all about repairing things. Members of the public can bring along their broken things, and work with the volunteer repairers to fix them.
It really is so simple, and yet it’s one of the best ways I know of starting conversations around repair and the value of our stuff, with people who wouldn’t ordinarily take part in ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ events.
Needless to say I’m a big fan, and think that we should have one in every town around the world. They are not just places where things get fixed, they are wonderful for connecting neighbours and neighbourhoods too.
Take a look to see if you have one near you, and if you don’t, why not start your own (it’s really not as daunting as it might sound!)
Do you have a Repair Cafe near you?
Do let us know – one of the things Erin and I are thinking about here at The Daily Fix is trying to put together some kind of global map of all the wonderful community repair initiatives out there, and it would be great to hear about what is going on near you. Leave a comment, or let us know on Facebook 🙂