Wednesday on "Nightly News" Kevin Tibbles reported from Chicago where a new movement is budding. In 2012, a group of neighbors decided to stop throwing out their broken things and fix them instead. So when toys, electronics or other items went on the fritz, they ask each other to help repair it, instead of dumping their hard-earned possessions in the trash.
"I always say we have the power of the hive mind," explained Ally Brisbin, who owns Kitchen Sink Cafe in Chicago. She allows the group Community Glue to use her space at their monthly Fix-It night events.
"People will say, 'Oh I don't have a skill, I can't help fix anything' and I think that's wrong," she said. "I think it's really fun to get like three or four people trying to figure out, 'Why isn't this flashlight working?' and you know, after 20 minutes or so and three people's minds working at it, we get the flashlight working again."
For more information about the Community Glue Workshop, please click here. And to learn about Ava Electronics, an e-Waste collector, please visit their website here.
First published August 21 2013, 3:02 PM