About the Author
Entrepreneur Sandra Goldmark is the founder of Fixup (formerly Pop Up Repair), an innovative social enterprise in New York City. She is also a theater set/costume designer, a leader in the field of sustainable theatrical design, and director of the Sustainability and Environment Program and associate professor of professional practice at Barnard College. She has an AB in American literature from Harvard College and an MFA in theatrical design from Yale University.
"A sturdy argument that small choices can lay a foundation for larger collective shifts….carefully researched and closely reasoned critique of consumerism, resource depletion, cheap labor, waste, and the ruinous belief in unbridled growth."
— Kirkus Reviews
“Goldmark…has thought long and hard about what can be done to transform our linear economies into more circular ones that not only recycle and repair products, but make more durable ones…Goldmark’s proposed solutions—practical, political, cultural—seem quite doable, given the will.”
— Post and Courier
"A copy of Fixation is one of the best gifts you could give or receive…Getting beyond this unsustainable economy will require changes in attitudes, changes in education, changes in the manufacturing and retail changes, changes in wage allocations. Goldmark addresses all of these weighty subjects in beautifully accessible ways."
“[Goldmark] wants us to buy fewer things, things that are built to last, and fix those things when they break…A really good idea…this book has a broad reach.”
"This is a moral, physical, and metaphysical exploration into material culture."
"Goldmark argues eloquently, with a dose of both Pollan and Schumacher, that our scattered household junk holds a far greater value (and danger) than we think. Fixation will make you view the greater world in a broken toaster, and hopefully inspire you to care enough to help make it whole again."
— David Sax, bestselling author of "The Soul of an Entrepreneur" and "The Revenge of Analog"
"For brands and businesses searching for a clear path to sustainable growth in today's complex and challenged world, Fixation is required reading. Goldmark's fresh perspective on the need for new economic models and circular systems presents a convincing argument—and a real roadmap—for fruitful solutions and meaningful change."
— KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder and CEO, Sustainable Brands Worldwide
"Through innovation and invitation, Fixation challenges us to rethink 'stuff.' The stuff we use, the stuff we don't use, and the relationships we have to all this stuff. Goldmark's candor, humor, and rich references raise questions for personal healing at the bedroom-closet level to a social revolution on a global scale. An important read for dynamic times like these."
— Cynthia Li, integrative medicine physician and author of "Brave New Medicine"
"Our relationship with our stuff needs fixing. As Sandra Goldmark brilliantly explains, we have been unwittingly coerced into buying new products over used. Transitioning to a healthier model of consumption isn't just needed to save our planet—it's needed to save our humanity."
— Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixit