You’ve heard about the “maker movement,” the geeks who’ve been rebooting America’s craft tradition. The same kind of movement is also happening in other countries, including Finland.
Wired writes that We Need a Fixer (Not Just a Maker) Movement. We need to use our maker skills to something new: We need to apply those maker skills to what we already own, giving broken devices a new lease on life. The spectacle of dead goods coming back to life isn’t just useful, it can be transformative: “It made me realize I didn’t need to buy new every time something breaks.”
We need, in short, a fixer movement. This would be a huge cultural shift. In the 20th century, U.S. firms aggressively promoted planned obsolescence, designing things to break. Buying new was was even once considered a patriotic duty in USA, but today e-waste has become one of the fastest-growing categories of refuse.
I have written on this topic earlier on my blog for example in About Things We Build and Fix article. I have also repaired many devices I have owned and even documented several cases on article at Archive for the ‘Repair’ Category (together with pointers to other repair related articles). I think a fixer movement would be a good idea to promote.