I'm thinking that we might consider organizing our Re-skilling into guild type groups or associations. Each group or guild could have a location to visit on this site, complete with resources and names of members who could serve as mentors to others wishing to learn new skills. We could include custom Google-map links to maps that include resources specific the needs of individuals interested in learning or practicing a given skill. For instance, a "Light Carpentry" guild would provide suggestions for sources of supplies such as Resource 2000, McGuckin Hardware, Internet resources, suggestions for how to obtain equipment and supplies via Craigs List, etc. They could keep a list of members owning equipment they would be willing to share with others, as well as a list of members willing to give time to instruct others in the context of projects. For instance, if somebody wanted to build a raised garden bed and had no idea what a lag screw was, or how to pick out a two-by-four or how to cut it, this person could contact the guild and find somebody to show them the ropes.
We could have guilds based on fairly broad catagories, such as a "Textiles" or "Clothing" guild, and within this group would be folks who can knit or crochet, people who can sew and repair clothes, people who like to invent and design equipment using textiles (e.g. backpacks, technical jackets). A guild such as this would be able to consult with The Handweaver's Guild in Boulder, staff at Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins, the local Bernina shop, Jo Ann Fabrics, Neptune Mountaineering, etc.
I think that guilds would also be able to put on Reskilling classes, potentially on a rotating schedule so as to increase the offerings for Reskilling. Other ideas I have for guilds would be:
-Small appliance repair (keep it out of the landfill!)
-Home plumbing repair
-Brewing and Fermentation (need an airlock?)
-Leatherworking (know any cobblers?)
-Computer repair (things that move and get hot)
-Bread baking (more fermentation)
-Cheesemaking (even more fermentation)
What do you think?