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The Maintainers is a global research and practice network that is focused in advancing maintenance, repair, and care. We convene interdisciplinary change-makers, researchers, practitioners, and every-day people who center maintenance, repair, and care and the myriad forms of labor, expertise, and infrastructure that sustain our human built world.

Engage with The Maintainers

We work with the Maintainers community in a range of ways. We host monthly maintenance accountability sessions, network meet-ups to share knowledge, and more. We love spotlighting Maintainers, sharing interviews and other maintenance conversations on our blog. You can join our community channels to learn about or share maintenance, repair and care happenings — think of it as your local grocery store’s bulletin board. We also love to meet up with maintenance practitioners, researchers, and community organizers for a virtual coffee chat to discuss how our projects align, share strategies, meta-maintenance and more. Choose from the menu below to find out more.

Recent Posts

A salmon background with black and white collaged bits from Movement Fellows’ blog posts. This includes a tortise, a plastic bag, seeds, palm trees, a roof, and hands drawing with a sharpie. In white font, beneath The Maintainers logo is the words ``Narrative of Change, chapter 1”.

Narrative of Change: Chapter 1

Summary: The Maintainers network has transformed from an in-person conference series to a virtual space, convening practitioners and academics. This Narrative of Change blog post will be the first of two chapters. In this iteration, we articulate how our network … More →

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Maintainers Meet Ups

Virtual Event Upcoming: Stay tuned   Are you a repairer, fixer, maker, hobbyist, mender, or caregiver passionate about community-building? An independent or university-affiliated researcher delving into the themes of maintenance, repair, and care? An advocate seeking to promote the maintenance … More →

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2024 Monthly Maintenance Sessions

Monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 11 am ET Invitation: Join The Maintainers for a monthly, no-cost, self-guided maintenance accountability session as we invite you to set aside time for maintenance each month with us! During these … More →

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