This letter is from Nici Schmidt, who is taking an Urban Anthropology Class at UWM and interested in an organization that will
by pioneering a system of knowledge sharing on a community wide scale that promotes self-sufficiency and
- free workshops for skill and knowledge development
make it possible for community members to have direct participation in the construction of their environment. To do this I would like a series of regular free workshops to be organized in the community and facilitated by volunteer teachers or trades people about simple and practical living skills.
For example, there could be regular monthly workshops on basic car maintenance,
simple carpentry, canning, sewing, building a hotbox for an early garden, etc.
I envision people learning from one another and gaining skills that can be used
in a reciprocal way. I hope also that this might inspire some sort of
micro-bartering system within the community. It would be a skill based
cooperative that supports an ethic of self-suffeciency and sharing.