Freeskilling events list

2 April, 2010

KAN and friends have organised a series of free skill sharing events across Cornwall:

2 May
Introduction to co-operatives
Friends Meeting House, Paul’s Terrace, Truro, 2-4pm

16 May
Know your rights – a civil liberties guide to police stop-and-searches
Small meeting room, Dolphin Tavern, Quay St, Penzance, 2-4pm

6 June
Food Growing for Renters
To book a place contact

20 June
Useful Plants Walk
To book a place contact

4 July
Intro to consensus decision making
WI hall, Webber St, Falmouth, 1.30pm

18 July
Bike Repair
Friends Meeting House, Paul’s Terrace, Truro, 1-4pm

An explanation of freeskilling from Freeconomy:
Freeskilling is about sharing skills in order to build a more empowered and connected community.

One of the critical reasons that we have so many major issues in the world today – such as climate change, sweatshops, wars over oil reserves, factory farms, polluted oceans and rivers – is because we never have to see the direct repercussions that our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect. The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that it now, conveniently, means that people are completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering involved in the making of the ‘stuff’ they purchase. The main reason we have no appreciation for this energy is because we are so disconnected from what we buy.

Take this for an example. If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor.

Money, as a method of easily storing wealth, has also enabled humans to bank exploitation – of people, the environment and animals – and has also replaced communities, friendships and families as the No.1 source of security for people.