Repair Economy Trainings & Events

See below for upcoming workshops and gatherings for RE Washington member groups. These offerings are designed to educate and support our fix-it fairs, tool libraries, and makerspaces, enabling them to better serve their communities.

Workshop: Repair Economy Mid-Year Meet-Up

The mid-year gathering will be a mini-conference along with opportunities for community networking. We’ll be covering COVID-conscious event models (e.g. – outdoor and drive-through) as well as big picture movement topics like policy, just transition, and workforce development. 

We’re especially excited to have Kyle Wiens, founder of iFixit, join us to talk about the latest developments on the Right to Repair front!

All fixers, makers, tool librarians, as well as staff or volunteers with associated groups are welcome and encouraged to join!

When: May 26, 2021 
Where: Virtual
Time: 6-8pm PDT

To register, follow the Brown Paper Tickets link below:

Past Events

Early on Sunday morning, November 8th, an eager bunch of over 60 fixers, tool librarians, and makers met (virtually) for the statewide Repair Economy Conference. The conference brought together the leaders, staff, and volunteers of groups working to increase access to repair in Washington State and adjacent cities. The event goals were to connect these awesome community members and to address common challenges collaboratively.

With robust participation from groups in the Seattle and Tacoma area, we were also happy to have representation from Methow, Port Townsend, our neighbors to the north in Vancouver, B.C., from down south in Portland, even a few folks from California and the east coast! A big thank you goes to Ecology for funding this event through a PPG grant.

A growing repair movement

With ever greater awareness around overconsumption, planned obsolescence, resource depletion and the negative impacts of these issues to both environmental and social health, people are seriously rethinking their relationships with their “stuff.” The growing repair, share, maker movement has the potential to help us reclaim our collective right to get more life out of our possessions and change the cradle-to-grave “buy, consume, discard” status quo. This is as much about our mindset as it is about the skills and availability of tools.

Robust day of activities

The event featured meet-n-greets, three plenary sessions, a lively lunch discussion of policy solutions, and a series of breakouts designed to address practical issues.

Topics covered in the breakouts included COVID adaptations and resilience, Strategic and Business planning, Volunteer recruitment and management, Marketing strategies, and more.

Our plenary speakers were:

    • Sabrina Chakori – Founder at Brisbane Tool Library, Brisbane, Australia
    • Gene Homicki – Co-founder and CEO at myTurn tool tracking and sharing software
    • Derek Gaw – CEO at MakerLab, BC Vancouver
Check out their presentations below!

Feedback:

“It’s really nice to know that there are so many people doing this work just in this region and it’s energizing to feel how impassioned everyone is.”

“I loved connecting with folks from all over who share similar values and are working to grow the repair world/economy”

“Great job! Kudos to the planning committee. The speakers were great, and you did an amazing job doing this all online. It flowed great and I got lots out of it.”

“I really enjoyed this event and got much more out of it than I can put into words. Y’all did an amazing job, especially with how many people were there!…. I didn’t know how much I wanted to connect with all of you until now and these are a few ideas about how to do more. Thank you for introducing me to all these awesome people and all of the awesome work we are doing!!”

 

A BIG Thank You to the planning committee!

We couldn’t have brought this event together without the help of a terrific planning committee, including representatives from the following groups: Repair Clark County, Fab Lab Tacoma, SE Seattle Tool Library, Repair Cafe Port Townsend, NE Seattle Tool Library, Phinney Fixer Collective, West Seattle Tool Library, South King Tool Library, Zero Waste Vashon, Vashon Fix-It Café, and Share Reuse Repair Initiative – Vancouver, BC.

Want to connect with other fixers, tool librarians, and makers around Washington?
Join the Repair Economy listserv and stay in the loop!

UW’s very own Dr. Anu Taranath provided a riveting presentation about diversity, equity and inclusion; exploring the complex issues of bias and belonging through something we can all identify with: our hair. 

Event occurred: Sunday, March 28, 2021

Thanks to the support of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, we are able to provide this training for free for the RE community.