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Design, Activism, and Fixing the World: Three Authors Talk With iFixit

Kevin Purdy, iFixit:

“Repair” is not one thing. It’s not just one mission, one organization, or even one law. Repair is the idea that things that once worked should work again, that things should work until they absolutely cannot, and that human beings can and should be able to fix the things that human beings make. There are a lot of ways to make that happen.

This year, we’ve been given three notable new books, looking to change the world’s view of repair. Each of them, we think, deserves your attention, and could make for a great gift for the right kind of brain. We interviewed the authors of all three of these books in two discussions, ranging from real nitty-gritty stuff (the wiring in lamps) to big-picture topics (80% of the environmental impact of a device is determined by its design).


In a session with iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens, Goldmark, Wackman, and Vinsel talk about the hands-on realities of fixing. Kyle asks the authors about their most recent fixes, why grandparents seemed to be able to fix more than we can, fixing things without parts, and why lamps are maybe the most repair-friendly device around.

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