• Going in Mob Handed – the other approach to The Big Crisis Workshop

    by  • August 26, 2011 • Everything Else • 2 Comments

    In “Living in a Changing World” I suggested a workshop where I’d spend a week basically trying to transfer everything I know about infrastructure-centric crisis response; an ultra-deep dive for people who had come through Permaculture or Transitions or other kinds of risk management education, and wanted something which took that kind of thinking and applied it to fast moving big problems.

    I’d now like to suggest the other approach, going in mob handed. At the limit, a Mob Handed workshop would have eight people teaching together with different skills and different perspectives, to give an over-all well-rounded perspective on all sides of the current crisis, and more importantly, our personal future responses.

    I’ve put up a editable google doc,

    The Open Workshop on Living in a Changing World

    where you can take a look at the possible schedule, write up what you would teach as part of that group, or indicate you’d be interested in coming if this course is run.

    This is a bit more flexible and open than these kinds of approaches typically are, but what I see is that I’m constantly moving in a multi-skilled environment and being blown away by the depth of knowledge that other specialists have in their core areas. A chance to sit down for a week and get people’s deepest realizations and best perspectives right across that entire field of expertise would be very valuable to me personally, and perhaps for a lot of other people.

    So please take a look at the doc (plain HTML version here), and let me know what you think!

    Thank you!

    (there should be a framed version of the current doc here, sorry if you can’t see it – gdocs can be a bit squirrely.)

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


    2 Responses to Going in Mob Handed – the other approach to The Big Crisis Workshop

    1. September 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      I vote for BOTH-AND. that is, first we get a week where YOU give us the version you talked about in the Living in a change world post. THEN, we have a second week of “application” which would be this mob approach. If we are going to come all the way across the world (this would be an extremely big trip for me, since I have basically stopped traveling), then we might as well stay long enough to get something done.

    2. September 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      I added myself as a teacher, but I don’t see the text I added in the frame above. so here is what I added in case it got lost (I have zilch experience with google docs).

      Bob Waldrop — creation/growing local food structures, adapting existing housing for collapse/peak energy realities, cooperatives as a post-collapse business structure, mutual aid in a crisis. see also http://www.bobwaldrop.net, http://www.bettertimesinfo.org/2004index.htm, http://www.oklahomafood.coop, http://www.okie.coop

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