We know that every inch of existence is rapidly seeing commodification. From living species, land, water and knowledge to the very air we breathe. In these times, what we've affectionately dubbed Capitalisma, we're in a constant race for bank, achievement, acknowledgement and our survival is up to different factors than what we're biologically predetermined to need. Our water sources are polluted, cycled through pipes and disinfected, a very different reality to what they once were.
Privatisation and commodification have gotten to such a point that Intellectual Property has seen us commodify our knowledge, seek financial gains for the time spent becoming learned, perhaps hearing a coin drop at every thought. Intellectual Property is a funny beast, so slow and Right, it plods along steered by a very big organisation called the World Intellectual Property Organisation. They oversee and protect newest inventions from the Most Amazing Hair Straightener, Beyonce's music, to every hybridised plant - the latest black rose or Genetically Modified maize.
At AP this exhausts us. With all the knowledge that moves through us into the Pantry and beyond. We want to share the knowledge in real space/time, understanding the balance between wanting to run workshops in exchange for financial gains, this is important but also only one way we wish to express what the Pantry is. Money and navigating Capitalisma can be exhausting and not an end goal. How can we do this differently, what equates financial gain when the point is to try to substitute our need for money with Real Things. Reclaiming knowledge to be above finance is something we can tangibly achieve.
Enter the #SkillShare:
It's about getting by and remembering that time doesn't always = money, the knowledge economy is a myth, institutionalised schooling is not necessarily the best nor only way to engage in education. Exchanging in skills and knowledge is often more accessible (and necessary) than exchanging in cash money, yet how to do this in happiness? Maintaining optimism while forging friendships and community, my peoples, we introduce the very simple #SkillShare.
"But what is the #SkillShare and why should I even?"
SkillSharing is the valid exchange of your skills, years of learning and experimentation with skills of equal gravity. It is the sharing of skills without needing to sell tickets, organise a venue or present yourself in the perfect way. Of course, that is still very valid and much needed but what about those that do not have access to spare moneys? What about valuing your skills outside of financial values? More than anything it's an excuse to activate the social freedoms we may forget that we have. It's an opportunity to make new friends or deepen the friendships you already have. It's about everyone skilling up to be more learned and able to survive this mad Capitalisma of the current Anthropocene. Sharing skills puts more gains in the creativity bank, less future boredom and mor possibility for collaboration. You will learn thinnnngs!
"But what skills do I have? I've never given a workshop! Oh me oh my oh me oh my!"
Worry not! You are alive for this many years, you have a few skills stashed up your life sleeves. That's the nature of life. What are you good at doing? It could be something you spend a lot of time doing, like sketching, or sharing something you do particularly well, like darning your socks or sewing up your buttons. So your skill to share could be "Beginners Guide to Portraiture" or "How to Not Give Up on Your Clothes". Perhaps it's a skill that people in the group need: if they are all drivers it could be something like "Understanding What Goes On Under the Hood of a Car". Or a skill that everyone needs: understanding seeds, how to sow seeds, how to store seeds and how to save seeds. You could decide that your skill is part of a series. Regardless, the skills are something everyone can agree on, skills that everyone will appreciate, even if it's just for kicks.
You don't need to be a workshopping expert, in fact, this is the perfect opportunity to start! Where else but in the safety (or at the mercy) of friends?
It's also a great excuse to hang out, amiriiight?!
A Recipe Ode to #SkillShare
A set group of people over a set time frame. Every member learning from one workshop must exchange by giving their own workshop.
- 2 - 6 friends, new or old.
- Each one armed with a skill.
Whoever is ready can start the first workshop, you don't need to have your skill ready til you give your workshop. Collectively decide the timeframe. Could be weekly, monthly or wheneverly. Or never, whatever.