An example getting some attention right now is MIT graduate student, Peter Mui, who 8 years ago started a sort of club for fixing things.
They're called Fixit Clinics. They started out at MIT but spread over the country (there are 100s now), teaching people who want to learn how to fix things like toasters, tripods, kettles, and just about anything else ... rather than throwing them away and buying new ones.
One of the reasons the clinics are happening is because there aren't really repair shops in North America anymore. No one really fixes things.