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Mutual exchange of knowledge's network (RERS)

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.

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Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on April 16, 2010 at 8:26pm
+1KS. So true. I have learnt SO MUCH from reading posts by other Evoke Agents on simple, creative and sustainable approaches to social development but as hope, resileace, determination and laughter.
Comment by Oliver Hohlstein on April 16, 2010 at 8:33pm
I wonder if this exist in Germany too ... haven't found anything though.
Comment by Edwige Lelievre on April 16, 2010 at 8:37pm
I have no idea Oliver. It would be weird that it doesn't exist because you are so close to us :) It exists in Schwitzerland too. Maybe my translation is not correct ?

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
Comment by Michele Baron on April 18, 2010 at 12:54am
@ Oliver and Edwige, hi-- maybe this will help, available auf Deutsch, en francais, and many other languages: http://www.eaea.org/index.php?k=15207 "Networks for the mutual exchange of skills" Search for Clair Herber Suffrin, or for Clair et Marc Herber Suffirn. According to this summary, in "1996 there were 400 networks operating in France, representing approximately
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
Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 19, 2010 at 9:06pm
edwige lelievre, good post
Comment by Turil Cronburg on April 19, 2010 at 11:07pm

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.


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