This post is about the RERS (in French : Réseau d'échange réciproque des savoirs) , Mutual exchange of knowledge's network. The principle is that people learn new knowledges in exchange of teaching some of theirs, for free. These knowledges include various things like : foreign languages, cooking, dancing, mathematics, drawing, informatics, gardening, etc.
I really like the idea of sharing knowledge for free. It helps sharing knowledge and that's great, but I also appreciate the idea of reciprocity. It is not passive learning, with teachers on one side, and students on the other side. Everyone has things to learn and to teach to someone else, and there shall be no hierarchy between knowledges. I think it is a great message.
I have heard of that exchange system before, but never tried it. Thanks to Evoke, I searched about it last week and discovered there was one in my small town ! So I contacted them. I offerd my skills in informatics and computer graphics and said I was interested in hinking and drawing. They offered me to come at their monthly meeting, so I can see for myself.
At first, I was embarrassed because everyone was way older than me (most of them are retired), but they welcomed me very warmly and told me about their knowledge exchange. I was very surprised that one of them was a highly skilled film maker, and another an astophysicist ! I think it is a great thing to exchange between different generations.
So, yesterday, I planned to go visit a radio telescope with them and to be on a drawing workshop in May. On my side, I will make some of them discover graphic tablets.
The idea of these RERS looks really great to me, and I think it is not hard to do everywhere in the world, especially in cities, where there is a lot of people with a lot of knowledge, and no one knowing the others and their skills.
Here is a page of wikipedia presenting RERS, but there is no translations available : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9seau_d'%C3%A9changes_r%C3%A9ciproques_de_savoirs
50,000 members and others were beginning to be established in other countries (Germany, Austria,
Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Brazil etc.)" you guys can search from here. Good post. Thank you
We've got things called "skillshares" and free schools that are organized by a variety of different groups. We're just starting a small one up on Urban Homesteading, and there's a big one that was at MIT last year, that has something like 50 two-hour workshops over a weekend. They are really great ways to learn all kinds of things and teach anything you love to teach.