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Community Repair Events: Common, Best and Better Practices for Building Community Through Repair

Anya Dobrowolski, Project Management, Graphic Design and Sustainability Research Consultant for City of Eugene, Waste Prevention and Green Building Service Department

April 2017


Community Repair Events (CREs), including Fixit Clinics and Repair Cafés, are community supported events that provide free repair services and support for do-it-yourself fixers. To date, no research has been conducted and shared with the public to suggest best practices. This paper aims to capture common practices, highlight some of the best ones, and recommend suggestions for better practices based on a literature review, website scan, and an informal survey and follow-up interviews with Community Repair Event Coordinators.