Reskilling for transitioning

WHAT IS RESKILLING?

One way to become more self-sufficient and resilient is to learn how to do things for yourself, your family and community. Rob Hopkins, author of “The Transition Handbook,” coined the term “reskilling” to describe the process of learning how to do things for ourselves again.

Hopkins describes reskilling as:

“Re-learning the skills that our grandparents took for granted, such as how to use hand tools, how to build our own structures, how to mend and make clothing, how to make our own medicine, how to forage, grow, preserve and store our food.”

Reskilling has many benefits — because once you have more control over your own activities, you may be able to save money, cut energy use, minimize or eliminate harmful chemical use, create less waste, learn how to rethink, repurpose, reuse and recycle.

Because living with less energy is constantly evolving, it also gives you the opportunity to innovate — to fuse heritage skills with the modern, using the latest in low or zero-impact engineering and technology.

 SOME OF THE USEFUL SKILLS PEOPLE ARE REDISCOVERING

Baking bread

Gardening and permaculture

Planting fruit and nut orchards

Sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving and other types of fiber work

Candle making

Soap making

Solar cooking

Cooking locally & seasonally

Weatherizing your home

Repurposing and reusing

Transition OKC periodically collaborates with other organizations focused on the same mission, or organizes and sponsors reskilling events and workshops.

 RESKILLING WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

SixTwelve and CommonWealth Urban Farms, two of our partner organizations, regularly host events and workshops related to reskilling. See their websites for their calendar of events.

 RESKILLING RESOURCES

Check out our reskilling resources page for books on gardening, emergency preparedness, solar cooking and more.