Hi everyone, I am new to the forum, although I have been ‘lurking’ here a couple of times (I hope you don’t mind). I am a research associate (social sciences background) at the Sustainable Consumption Institute of the University of Manchester, and some of my current research focus on grassroots sustainability movements, of which I see Precious Plastic as an important example.
I recently had the opportunity to get a modest amount of funding from my institute to set up a small project. I decided to use this money to get an assistant to help me do small surveys of two movements that I am interested in: The Repair Cafe movement and Precious Plastic movement. The idea is to do a survey similar to surveys that have been done before with Repair Cafes (see this report for an example; Martin Charter, who led the earlier surveys, is also supporting me with advice on my project). I am mostly interested in finding out more about how the movements have grown, how mature individual initiatives are in terms of how they are organised, and how diverse they are in terms of their setup and activities. I want to keep the surveys simple and short; we’re aiming for something that takes about 15 minutes to complete. Just to be clear, this is not an attempt to create a ‘formal’ social scientific survey. The scope of the survey is very modest, but I hope it will help to create an overview of some interesting aspects of the movement.
What would I do with the results? I hope to write one publication about Repair Cafes and Precious Plastic as examples of an emerging grassroots (re)making movement, and the results may serve as inputs for that. More importantly, I would like to use the results as input for more elaborate research proposals on this topic. Finally, I hope the results are interesting to you as well, which is why the results will indeed be shared with you.
Of course, this will only work if the survey questions are useful and sensible, and if I am able to reach a sufficient number of people. I expect to have a draft survey ready soon, and I was hoping to do a small pilot, which means that I am looking for a small number of people that would like to take a look at the draft, fill it out, and provide me with some feedback (everything will be done online). If you are willing to help out with this, you can either leave a comment here, or get in touch with me directly (email@example.com). I think we will be able to have the pilot survey ready by November. I hope to do the actual survey early 2019.
Also, an unsolved problem at this moment is how to get a reasonable amount of respondents from the Precious Plastic community when the survey would go live. Any suggestions on how to reach as many members of the community as possible are very welcome.
Any other feedback/comments are of course welcome as well.
As a final note, I just wanted to mention that I of course contacted Dave Hakken about this. He is interested in the idea, but obviously does not have time to get deeply involved at this moment, due to current work on Precious Plastic version 4. He suggested me to post on the forum.
Any comments/questions are welcome!