Lesley's blog

Upskilling: What's the gist?

24 Oct 2014

My definition:  Anything that enhances practical life skills, thereby fostering resilience and personal power.

We have far fewer such skills than we used to, for one thing because of a culture that has come to value specialisation, for another because we rely on fossil-fuel-powered machinery, and on people in other countries, to do a lot for us.  We have all kinds of abstract skills, and can talk a lot, but don't actually know how to DO anything much anymore.  (Just ask anyone older than yourself.)  Nor do we have mentors as close at hand anymore.