The Practical Side

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If you have followed my blog or read my website so far, you may think I’m all about spiritual and psychological approaches to the converging and unraveling crises. After all, I am a Work that Reconnects facilitator and this website is about my journey towards the Great Turning.

And you are right.

But nobody is uni-dimensional, and those who know me in person, also know I have many odd interests and have trained myself in many different things.

Among my passions since I was very young there are wilderness survival, emergency preparation, disaster planning/design (also from a permaculture perspective), community resilience, primitive skills and food sovereignty.

I have taught and continue teaching some of them and if I had the influence, I would include them in every school curriculum. With the many emerging crises, we currently have and the ones we expect to happen, these skills become even more important every day.

So, my post today is less philosophical, psychological or “deep” and more practical.

Learning these skills is not only necessary, it is a lot of fun!

My recommendations are:

  • Whenever possible, learn from an expert in your community or attend a F2F workshop
  • When the above is not possible, take an online course (see resources below)
  • When none of the above is possible, learn from books: most libraries have books on the topics (see recommendations at the end of this post)
  • Whatever method you choose, put what you learned in practice: that is the only way you will really learn
  • If possible, join a local organization or team such as Red Cross, Rescue Task Force, Firefighters, Emergency/Disaster volunteer team, etc.
  • Expose yourself to scenarios that resemble what you have learn
  • Stay connected to Nature by camping, hiking, participating in wilderness connection training and gatherings, etc.
  • Join or start a resilience group or a map your neighbourhood group in your community, workplace or school and if needed, change their curriculum to adapt to your particular needs
  • When you feel confident enough, start teaching or volunteer to assist or co-teach with an experienced trainer (that’s how skills become part of you)
  • Offer free (and some paid to cover the costs) training to as many groups as you can reach

 

Important notes:

Not all these skills and the recommended steps suit everyone. You don’t need to know or try them all. There’s a role and a place for everyone, but your community should have at least one person (or two) with these skills.

If your age, health, ability or any other factor prevents you from doing any of this, don’t despair: you could still be a very valuable piece in the case of an emergency, a disaster or a long-term breakdown/collapse if you can:

  • Keep other people calm, safe and focused
  • Tell stories, sing songs, keep people inspired and motivated
  • Help people cope with grief, loss, anger and other extreme emotions
  • Make or offer other things that people may need, such as mend clothes, sew, cook, take care of sick, help with births and the dying, etc.

Here are the recommended skills in the above categories:

Climate change preparation and adaptation:

From Climate Science to Action: https://www.coursera.org/learn/climate-science

Act on Climate: steps at the individual, community and political action: https://www.coursera.org/learn/act-on-climate

Emergency preparedness and disaster planning:

Free online:

Disaster preparedness: https://www.coursera.org/learn/disaster-preparedness

Tsunamis and storms surges: https://www.edx.org/course/tsunamis-and-storm-surges-introduction-to-coastal-disasters-2

Staying safe: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/staying-safe

Online, for a small fee:

Surviving the storm: https://www.ecourseadventures.com/sts/

Psychological First Aid:

Free: https://www.coursera.org/learn/psychological-first-aid

Medical emergencies:

Free: https://www.coursera.org/learn/medical-emergencies-cpr-toxicology-wilderness

Wilderness connection and training (paid and in person, some short courses online:

https://wildernessawareness.org/

https://www.trackerschool.com/

Permaculture:

Free online: https://www.permaculturewomen.com/courses.html

Paid online (and I will be your mentor, ask to be added to Silvia Di Blasio!): https://www.permaculturewomen.com/permaculturedesigncourse.html

Gatherings to stay connected:

In BC, Canada: http://www.wisdomoftheearth.ca/art-of-mentoring/

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