Thursday, 11 July 2019

Make do and mend

I am grateful to CAT's Clean Slate magazine for the following excerpts from an article by the Rapid Transition Alliance.

In 2009 a Dutch journalist called Martine Postma ran an experiment in her home town of Amsterdam. She brought together a group of handy friends and ran what she called a 'Repair Café' - a free event where people could bring their broken belongings and volunteers would help to try and fix them. Following the huge popularity of the events in Amsterdam, Martine set up the Repair Café Foundation and published guidance to help other volunteers do the same in other places.

A decade later, there are 1,700 repair cafés offering their services in 35 countries around the world.

It has also inspired a BBC TV programme.

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