Resources to accompany 10 Practical Tools for a Resilient Local Economy
Practical Tool #3: Appropriate Skills
- Transition ingredient “The Great Reskilling,” Transition Network.org www.transitionnetwork.org/ingredients/deepening/great-reskilling
- Rob Hopkins, “200 Artisan Skills Required to Make a Victorian Town Functional,” TransitionCulture,org, January 22, 2009.
- The Foxfire series of books circa 1970’s (Eliot Wigginton, editor) collected oral histories and customs of the Appalachian region. It presents a glimpse of pre-industrialized rural community life.
- Rob Hopkins, “Is Peak Oil Pessimism a Generation of Men Coming to Realise How Useless They Are?” TransitionCulture,org, December 12, 2006.
- Rob Hopkins, “What Employment Opportunities Arise from Embracing Transition,” TransitionCulture,org, July 1, 2009.
- Edgar Cahn, No More Throw Away People
Articles in the Fall 2011 issue of YES! Magazine (Issue 59): “Who’s Building the New Economy?”, “Work less, Live more,” “How much job do you need?”
- Select an industry which is likely to endure
- Peoples’ “core needs” rather than luxury items (bottom levels of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs)
- Industries – or subcategories of those industries – that have low energy inputs and low resource demands (more at Practical Tool #4)
- Locally sourced. Avoid international and dependent upon globalization. Avoid industries which are tied into the global financial markets (insurance, investments).
- Expect survival-level cash flow rather than replacement of the salaries of the last decade.
- Expect to put in place all of the cash-conservation measures listed in Practical Tool #2
- Try out new skills via Time banking or LETS. (Practical Tool #5). Build your resume through barter-funded work. Meanwhile while you are out of US$-generating work, you can help ease your living expenses with barter credits and bartered services.
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