Back in May 2012, there was a mailing list discussion about running a Repair Cafe at Kwartzlab. There was interest, but nobody organized it.
I've been talking to Sylvie Spraakman at Transition KW about doing some sort of joint project with Kwartzlab. The reason is that part of Transition KW's mission is to promote DIY skills in the local community, and that is also part of our mission.
So, we would like to run a Repair Cafe at Kwartzlab. This is a free public event, where members of the public bring stuff that they would like to repair, and volunteers with DIY skills help them repair it.
This would be similar to the Repair Cafe events being run in Toronto: http://repaircafetoronto.ca/
The Repair Cafe movement started in the Netherlands, but Repair Cafes also exist in the UK, the US, and Canada. Things that are typically brought in for repair: computers, small household appliances, toys, clothing, necklaces. http://repaircafe.org/
So here is the proposal in more detail:
- Kwartzlab will provide the venue.
- TransitionKW will be responsible for organizing, running and advertising the event, along with some Kwartzlab volunteers (eg, me). Kwartzlab will also blog and tweet the event.
- Kwartzlab members are invited to attend and help people repair things. But I would like to also allow non-Kwartzlab DIY people to volunteer, as a way of promoting Kwartzlab.
- We'll use the Repair Cafe brand name and logo to advertise the event, just as the Toronto group is doing. This means we are partnering with the repaircafe.org organization. They will help us by promoting our event on their web site, and by providing support: a manual on how to run the event, posters, templates, and sign boards. We help them by using their logo and linking to their website in our advertising. http://repaircafe.org/start-a-repair-cafe/
We haven't set a date yet. At this stage, we just want to get approval from the members of both organizations. Transition KW will be voting on this proposal at their meeting on Thu Aug 22.
So, here are two questions for the Kwartzlab membership:
- Would you like to see this event being run at Kwartzlab?
- Would you volunteer to help people fix things? We need both craft people (clothes & necklaces) and machine people (computers, small appliances). RepairCafeToronto reports using their 3D printer for one repair.