Many of the skills that our grandparents took for granted are now lost. Skills like gardening, repairing clothing, and building with local materials have been lost in our modern throw-away society. Because future products will cost quite a bit more than they do now, we will have to re-learn how to make do with what we have like our grandparents did. We need to de-specialize our knowledge and expand our ideas about what skills might prove useful to our youth as they prepare to enter a world much different than the one we grew up in.
Reskilling events can be fun and enjoyable for all ages and provide an opportunity to network with other people who are working towards a positive post-carbon future. Many events also bridge age gaps, particularly with the elderly who may still remember life before the fossil fuel boom.
Some examples of re-skilling events include sewing circles, alternative building workshops, home canning lessons, gardening workshops, etc. We need to support and participate in these workshops wherever possible.