This past January we lost John Wackman, known by many for his role as the founder of Hudson Valley Repair Café.
Wackman founded one of the first repair cafes in the United States, in New Paltz, NY and went on to support and coordinate the creation of numerous repair cafes in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Capital District.
Wackman was deeply passionate about the repair movement, traveling to Amsterdam where the Repair café movement was born, to learn more about the movement and bring his knowledge back to New York State.
Shortly before his death, Wackman and co-author Elizabeth Knight authored Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture, and spoke at many virtual events and interviews. The book explores the art of repair, repair cafés, right to repair, sustainability, and fixing beloved but broken items as a metaphor for our lives. Wackman’s legacy will live on through the many communities and people’s lives he touched.
To learn more about Repair Cafes and get involved:
- Visit Repair Café and Repair Café Hudson Valley
- Follow, like and subscribe
- Repair Café- Hudson Valley and Repair Café International on Facebook
- @Repaircafehv and @repaircafefoundation on Instagram
- @Repaircafe_E on Twitter
- #RepairCafe #RepairCafeHudsonValley #RepairRevolution
- Sign-up to receive updates from Hudson Valley Repair Cafe
- Read Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture
- Toss it? No Way! Learn how to fix your beloved but broken items
- Get Involved! Find Repair Cafés in your community or start your own.
Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some repair cafes may be on hold or have virtual opportunities available.
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