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Last weekend a few of the OSCEdays community attend Fix Fest, the first festival of repair hosted by the Restart Project, which brought together a community of activists that have been working on repair globally. High profile activists such as Kyle Wiens founder of iFixit, (who we have worked with in the past here) Martine Potsma the founder of the Repair Café community, and many others were in attendance.
@WoonTan gave a lightening talk on the activities of OSCEdays and @sharmarval co-ran a workshop in collaboration with Marie Lefebvre (PhD student at Loughborough University and member of Leicester Fixers) on: "Who Repairs? Broadening participation in repair practices through design." The workshop focused on identifying demographics that the existing repair community would like to engage further. The workshop focused broadly on these issues and in a second part to this blog, we will elaborate on how the principles and concepts of open hardware can support some of the objectives of the repair community.
Our personal highlights include, learning about mobile repair in Ghana from Maja van der Velden (and further learning that their tools had evolved substantially in the intervening time between when Kyle Wiens had visited some years previous); hearing Alison Powell talk about the ethics and issues around data, privacy and openness, meeting and chatting to some wonderful (older, male) restarters (that's when @sharmarval was really inspired); .....@woon maybe you can add yours too...
The repair community loves manifestos and these could be exchanged as part of the Friday night 'market place'. On Saturday, the purpose and need for manifestos was raised by Laura Houston (a PhD researcher at Goldsmiths University London) about the nature of manifestos and their role in symbolising and communicating "a more careful material engagement with the World". Various communities related their stories about how their manifestos were developed. Kyle Wiens reflected that iFixit's was written alone in his room, but wasn't published until....
At OSCEdays, our manifesto was created online by a whole community of people. It was initiated by @Lars2i and elaborated on by many other members of our global, distributed community including: Ricardo, Anastasia, Qing, Sharon, Erica, Sam, Paul, Nataly.... In a relatively short time, it was translated into French, German, Georgian, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Catalan and more. For us, this process of development communicates the wonder of the collaborative method of open source. We think this is important to understand, because more openness can support more repair. You can read the whole development of that process here as well as download and hack the manifesto for your own needs.
This leads us to some interesting and important debates about repair and openness.
- Alison Powell
- IoT Mark project
- How open is open enough?
The festival closed with the fantastic announcement that October 21st will be the first international day of repair and that four leading repair activist communities will form a new Open Repair Alliance.