Why a Right to Repair matters for our things, for ourselves, and for our world
Everything breaks, deteriorates, and falls apart eventually. This is not a condemnation, a failure, or a fluke but rather a simple, inescapable fact of existence. Within cycles of creation and destruction, repair is nestled like a dormant little balloon – if we breathe life into it, we can expand and prolong the cycle, keep things aloft a little longer and, perhaps, make the landings a little gentler.
A response to, an effort to resist, and possibly even reverse (for a time) the ineluctable gravity of breakdown.
But our ability to engage in repair work is increasingly under threat.
This talk will identify and discuss contemporary impediments to repair and the “right to repair” movement that has emerged in response. Drawing also upon repair stories gathered through qualitative interviews, this talk will illustrate why the right to repair is critical for our things, for ourselves, and for our world.
Masks highly encouraged.
Refreshments available – Please Bring Your Own Container.
Note on Parking:
Limited parking in front of the building or use the City parking lot in between Reimagine and Richmond Row – free parking for 2 hours when you use the promo code “CORE” on the Honk Mobile app.
Alissa Centivany Assistant Professor - Faculty of Information & Media Studies, University of Western OntarioAlissa CentivanyAssistant Professor - Faculty of Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario