Practical Tool 3

Resources to accompany 10 Practical Tools for a Resilient Local Economy

Practical Tool #3: Appropriate Skills

  • Transition ingredient “The Great Reskilling,” Transition
  • 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?”

Job retraining?

  • 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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We are a community group in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles (LA 90045 near LAX airport). Founded in 2005, we offer classes, events, and community gatherings focused on building a resilient future. We are part of the international Transition Network.
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