I recently tossed out an electric shaver that suddenly stopped working, because I had no idea how to fix it, and it's more cost effective to just buy a new one. In this way, I, like so many other people, did my part to waste resources and make junk. But what if I could go to a group of friends, take my shaver apart, share knowledge with each other, and figure out together how to fix it? That's just what they do once a week at the Fixers’ Collective in Brooklyn, a “social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending.” Here's a terrific video about what they do and how they do it, from Ask Umbra at

Jeremy Adam Smith


Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor who helped launch He's the author of The Daddy Shift (Beacon Press, June 2009); co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton

Things I share: Mainly babysitting with other parents! I also share all the transportation I can, through bikes and buses and trains and carpooling.