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  • Luke Jeong

    I think it is really impressive in order to make good social community as well~:-)
    Cheers and hope to become a fixpert even I'm staying S.Korea~xxx

  • Arturo Chesi Visani

    Fixing new things is almost like creating new stuff from scratch, because they both rely on the same principle: understanding how things work, so that you can modify them for your own demand.

    I always thought that, with all this all-in-one devices that we use nowadays, there was the real possibilily, for the next generations, for a lost of the ability to "think outside the box".

  • Carolyn Sams

    I always want to fix things (especially to learn how it works!), but I sadly have a growing pile of "broken" things that aren't getting fixed thanks to a busy evening and weekend schedule....
    So my biggest challenge is reserving a morning on the weekend (or some other decent amount of time) to have the freedom to tinker, fail, and fix the damn thing(s)! Any suggestions on how you prioritize fixing?

    • Cait Emma

      That is one of my biggest frustrations—just getting around to all of it. Last weekend I made a list of everything I'd need from the store (new nuts and bolts, replacement screens etc.) So I could grab everything in one swoop.

      After that, ya just gotta force yourself. So instead of lying on the couch while watching Netflix, replace the stripped screw in the table while watching Netflix (as long as the fix isn't going to dangerous, 'cause then that's just negligent)!

      At least, thats the strategy I'm trying on for now...

      • Carolyn Sams

        Love that idea. I'm a huge Netflix multitasker. Up until now it's mostly been doodling and art projects, but I'll swap in a few fix-its! Thanks!

  • Mayer Dahan

    Although we are moving forward with technology at the speed of light it is important to bring back the basics, and that is being able to fix something when it is broken. It is unfortunate that products that people spend hundreds of dollars on every year will not last yet our so expensive. If these expensive clothes and gadgets could be fixed we has consumers wouldn't probably feel so bad buying them in the first place. Fixing is good, and so is being able to re-use something before taking the easy way out and just re-purchasing it.

    • Cait Emma

      Agreed. There are just so many good reasons to repair—the environment, for the consumer, for the pursuit of knowledge etc. But we've falling into a culture where people aren't learning the skills to make repairs. So instead, we think—"I'll buy a new one" instead of "I can just get my screwdriver.

  • memaciej

    Thanks for bringing the fixing renaissance to light for me. In a sense I found it relevant to the openIdeo creative confidence challenge (there´s a To-Do on that: ) I posted it there as an inspiration ( ), although I focused on a Fixperts bit.


    • Cait Emma

      Nice! Thanks for sharing these.

  • Beads Land-Trujillo

    Am reminded of Frank R. Wilson's, "The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture". Fixing, or indeed any manual task, engages the brain because it involves the organs that monopolize the largest share of our brain area.

    • Adele Peters

      Interesting. Do you think those of us who use our hands for repetitive tasks like typing miss out on those benefits?

      • Beads Land-Trujillo

        Not at all. Touch typing (or even hunt-and-pecking) is a manual skill. That said, involving the eyes in coordinated activities would, I expect, add further benefit. Writing with a pen is a manual activity, but I'd guess that calligraphy was even more cognitively fulfilling, as a for instance.

        It is known that those who take their knitting or other needlework to conferences find they are able to process the information being presented better than if they were just sitting on their hands. Knitting can be at least as repetitive (if not more so) a task as working a computer keyboard.

        The benefit comes through the integration of motor and sensory processing. Remember the drawings of the two homunculi mapping parts of the body to the motor cortex and the somatosensory cortex.

        • Adele Peters

          I'll have to check out that book. And to bring it back to fixing and repair, beyond it being a manual activity, there's the added benefit of figuring out how something works...definitely a different kind of thinking than most of us engage in each day.

          • Beads Land-Trujillo

            Yes, that does seem to be the central Jeffersonian theme of this project. Being better citizens by being better informed about how our world works. That's a subtext of the Noclisi project also.