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Reskilling Work Group

This group is an outgrowth of the overall reskilling work group meeting held Day 2 of the Great Unleashing. The purpose of this group is to share information about existing reskilling workshops and resources, as well as announce new opportunities.

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Creating classes that mimic college, but with lower cost, and within the commmunity

Started by Kyler Boyes. Last reply by David MacLeod Mar 30, 2011. 2 Replies

I was going to community college and taking out loans to do it. Not being sure what career I wanted, I am now taking a break. I have these thoughts: Question- Why do we need to spend all this money…Continue

Tags: classes, organic, model, goals, adapted

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Comment by Forest Garden on October 4, 2010 at 5:45pm
is Jim Parker and members of this reskilling group part of your 8-9 reskilling university initiating group or are they different people?
Comment by Cindi Landreth on October 4, 2010 at 4:48pm
And I would like to let you all know that there is a 'reskilling university' getting started. we are just at the beginning phases with an initiating group of about 8 or 9. I am not sure how that project wants to relate to this group but I would think it would be a natural bridge for both becoming reskilled and teaching new/old skills.

I am curious about what you are wanting to organize, Will! Do tell!
Comment by Will Cady on October 4, 2010 at 4:26pm
Question: Is this group active? I would like to organize a training activity that I believe would fit into the sprit and intent of this Transition group. At the same time we would be performing a good local community service project.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on August 10, 2010 at 6:05pm
Tahnks Laura, I have and about that rinsing seems helpful just for Ph balancing....
Comment by Laura J Sellens on August 10, 2010 at 6:01pm
Well, Rebecca, I have some follow up information about baking soda as a toothpaste. Officially, from the dental hygienist, it is not good to use every day all year for years and years, because it is slightly abrasive and over time may wear down enamel. However, I was about 6 months late for my cleaning and with no other changes to my dental care habits I had the first visit in my life where my teeth and gums were much improved from last time and I didn't get a lecture about flossing and the depth of my pockets. As I understand it, in addition to the scrubbing action, baking soda also helps control pH around the gumline, which is what makes the situation right for the bacteria which break down oral health. I didn't ask but I guess I should have, what about using baking soda as a rinse instead, so you don't get the abrasiveness but still get the pH control? Anyway, maybe you're totally over it by now, but that's what I learned today. Hope you find it useful.
Comment by Kate Clark on July 6, 2010 at 10:46am
That is an amazing personal history lane. Wow! I was Interim Director of Allied Arts for a year, and wondered about the history of it. I love the idea of using local flowers to make paper...something very poetic and lovely about that.

I have seen a couple awesome short reskilling videos- Brian did a really nice one for a food dehydrator.

This seems like a great project, and one right in line with the CLSR mission. If I am not mistaken, funding is an issue with them of course, but once they have staff they could be coordinating these efforts.
Comment by lane parks on July 6, 2010 at 8:27am
Greetings from Guemes Island. I am one of those "elder" spirits that still
"hang" around Fairhaven. The Coop was downstairs from my studio in the Good Earth Building and I got the paper to recycle into my handmade books from the printer that inhabited the basement of what was to become Village Books.

That rather dates me. But I also used to recycle all the rose petals from the Rose Garden in Fairhaven (where the Caretaken house is now, I guess)
The petals became thousands of handmade paper cards, with the addition of thousands of handmade books, became my bootstrap business. A few of us got together and cooked up something called, Allied Arts of Whatcom County. I have been living on Guemes Island for the past about 25 years, creating with my wife and children and friends,
as self sufficient permaculture homestead:
other projects here:
And although Madrona Center is in "transition" itself, here
is the website:
That being said, many of my friends and associates in Whatcom and Skagit Counties and beyond are in the "reskilling" trades. Sometimes
called Traditional Crafts. I have been putting together a reskilling library of sorts by finding all the old "hippy" books of the 70's and information developed by the Peace Corps in the 60's and 70's for public use. David Zhang and I were considering starting a sustainable living library in has ecovillage a few years ago. Perhaps since B'ham is about the most developed Transition Town in the Northwest, if not the country, maybe B'ham is the place to set up a physical and online sustainable library.

I have started to videotape my artist and craftspeople friends at work. Simple stuff that can be put on Youtube. Well, as an elder, we tend to go on and on, so I will end this comment here. But I would definately be willing to help put my "actions" where mouth is, so to speak.
Comment by Brian Kerkvliet on May 19, 2010 at 8:36am
No there has not been another meeting set up at this point. However we have been working on all kinds of reskilling projects here at inspiration Farm. Seed balls and seed ball flinging, scything, animal delivery and housing, Milking, greenhouse building, bed making seed starting, tool fixing, flow form creating. It is planting season and that is about all I can focus on until everything is in the ground. Corn and pole beans will go in today. If you want to come out and meet while we plant I am ok with that.
Comment by Cindi Landreth on May 18, 2010 at 7:21pm
Has there been another meeting set up for this Work Group?
Comment by Laura J Sellens on May 1, 2010 at 9:04am
Has there been mention made of the new, budding Center for Local Self Reliance? The old Caretaker's house at Fairhaven Park is being turned into a reskilling hub. See

Also, Rebecca, I can't speak to the wearing down of enamel, I haven't been to the dentist since I started, but when I did my initial research I came to the conclusion that it was safe. It works for me, but I encourage you to look into it. Before 'toothpaste' people used chalk and salt with a twig. Baking soda is sodium carbonate, whereas chalk is calcium carbonate (different but similar action). This doesn't prove it's good for you, but to me it was worth trying.

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