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 Grist.org:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor who helped launch Shareable.net. He's the author of The Daddy Shift (Beacon Press, June 2009); co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010); and co-editor of Are We Born Racist? (Beacon Press, 2010). His essays, short stories, and articles on parenting, popular culture, urban life, and politics have appeared in Mothering, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Utne Reader, BusinessWeek.com, Wired, and many other periodicals and books. Jeremy has also been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, USA Today, GQ, Nightline, The Today Show, Salon.com, ABC News, NBC News, and many NPR shows. Before helping to launch Shareable.net, Jeremy was the senior editor of Greater Good magazine, where he still serves as contributing editor. During Jeremy's tenure with the print edition, Greater Good was nominated multiple times for Maggie and Independent Press awards. He is also the founder of Daddy Dialectic, which is widely considered to be one of the most influential, pioneering, and authoritative fathering blogs. In 2010-11, Jeremy will be a Knight fellow at Stanford University. You can, of course, follow him on Twitter.
Things I share: Mainly babysitting with other parents! I also share all the transportation I can, through bikes and buses and trains and carpooling.