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Episode-1052- The Need for Skill Set Development in a Changing World

Today we announced a new feature to 13skills.com that will improve interaction among members.  This got me thinking that while I often talk about our need to improve skills (specifically hard skills) I have not ever really done a dedicated show specifically going into the actual reasons that such skills are so important.

Our modern age has lulled us to sleep but most people that listen to TSP are aware that major changes are not just coming, in many ways they are happening right now, in front of our eyes.  We live in a society where people “call a guy” far more often then fixing things themselves.  We teach our children to avoid phyical work at all costs and are devolving into tablet and phone based society.

I personally love technology but consider that we teach a student basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division prior to empowering them with a calculator.  Should we not also teach young drivers to use street signs and read a map before giving them a GPS application?

I also have some follow up from yesterday, one issue I seem to have been very wrong about in regard to college and I wish to make it right and something very dangerous in the so called “NRA Members Gun Safety Act” I left out yesterday.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

Follow Up From Episode 1051

  • Listener’s weigh in on the value of community college even with advanced degree pursuit
  • Why the no fly list and terror watch lists do NOT belong in the gun control debate

On Today’s Main Topic

  • What a faltering economy or economic collapse means in regard to skills
  • Hard skills vs. soft skills and why we need to emphasize hard skills on some levels
  • How we lost our skills as modern Americans
  • Why we actually feel fulfilled and good about ourselves by building up our skills
  • Why you should focus on the skills that interest you but also challenge you
  • How the loss of skills is directly related to our loss of liberty
  • Why responsibilities must be part of our rights if we are to retain said rights
  • Why real teachers don’t create students but new teachers
  • What have you done with your dash, what will you leave behind

 Resources for Today’s Show:

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Episode-1020- Geoff Lawton on Permaculture and Blake Girardot on Maker Workshops

Geoff Lawton - Managing Director of PRI Australia

Geoff Lawton has a New Permaculture Education Outreach Initiative

Today is a really amazing show, I promise you it will be one of the most informative TSP episodes ever.  We have two parts to today’s show.

The first is about 15 minutes of a mini segment with Geoff Lawton about his new initiative to broaden Permaculture’s influence and increase its reach.

Geoff is doing this though a new web based format that has many things coming.  Yesterday I released a teaser video (well 30 minutes of amazing instruction is what Geoff sees as a teaser) and the response was so great he agreed to come on TSP and tell us a bit more about it.

Geoff to me is currently the most gifted designer and teacher we have in the permaculture movement.  The fact that he is now directing the movement at groups outside of the core eco centric usual suspects is huge.  Specifically now I feel he has realized how on board with sustainable design the prepper movement is and much of what he is doing is very much directed at out community.

Blake's Solar Back Up System, Built at a Maker Workshop

Blake’s Solar Back Up System, Built at a Maker Workshop

Following Geoff’s segment we have Blake Girardot on Maker Workshops.  When Blake approached me for an interview I found the concept pretty cool but really didn’t have any idea how cool this movement really is.  Oh and just wait until you hear the synergy that exists between this concept and the 13 Skills Challenge!

The maker movement is all about people helping people to be more self sufficient and self reliant via skills based creation of everything from software to artisan wood craft and anything and everything you can think of in between.

Imagine having a membership to a facility where you could go and gain access to anything from a band saw to a laser engraver to a wood lathe.  Or even say a place where you could use a 3D printer to prototype an item and then have injection molding equipment to produce the new item in quantity.   Cool right?  Well, what if you could also find people there that would teach you how to use all this cool stuff?

That is a thin scratch of the maker movement!  This is honestly one of the most empowering concepts I have ever heard of, and the potential to build community and skill sets at the same time in enormous.   Maker Workshops can be a way to learn a viable trade, fabricate something you can’t buy, simply learn new skills or even a gateway into a business of your own.  The cost?  50-100 dollars a month depending on the facility.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Geoff Lawton’s Links on Permaculture

Blake’s Links on Maker Workshops

  • Occupy the Sun – Details Blake’s Back Up Power System
  • Make Magazine – The Official Maker Magazine
  • Maker Works – The workshop Blake is a member of
  • Tech Shop – A company that is in the business of establishing maker workshops

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1014- Hand Tools and Homestead Gear

A Husqvarna 450 with an 18 Inch Bar is my go to Chainsaw

A Husqvarna 450 with an 18 Inch Bar is my go to Chainsaw

I think it is a good time to look at some common hand tools and homestead gear specifically with winter approaching.  Winter presents quite a few opportunities for repair and maintenance.

First, I am not sure why but winter is when many things that have always worked decide it is time to break down.  It is like they want a rest from the action just like everyone else or something.

Second, many of the tasks we have to do frequently in the Spring, Summer or Fall are not necessary in winter.  Even for those of us that garden, you very seldom need to water an weed.  So many of the things that get put off during the busy season are prime for getting done in the slower months.

Third, a lot of maintenance work just sucks to do when it is 100 plus degrees outside.  Doing them in a warm garage or shop or doing them on a sunny winter day is just a lot more fun then sweating your brains out.

Fourth, winter can get boring and wear you down.  Days are short, nights are long and once hunting season is over cabin fever can set in hard and fast.  Doing maintenance, repairs, upkeep and projects in this time helps us stay positive and be up and running full out when spring arrives.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Tools I think should be on every homestead
    • The Chainsaw (gas is primary but electrics have a place)
    • Rechargeable/Power Tools
      • Drill (make sure to have plenty of bits)
      • Reciprocating Saw
      • Circular Saw
      • Cut Off Tool
      • Impact Driver
      • Jig Saw
      • Grinder
    • A good axe and a good hatchet
    • A good sickle or corn knife
    • Shovels, Hoes, etc.
  • Hand Tools that Everyone Should Have
    • Hammer (at minimum sledge, mini sledge and claw)
    • Socket Set
    • Screw Driver Set
    • A set of driver tips and hex keys
    • Wrench Set
    • Adjustable Wrench
    • Channel Locks
    • Vice Grips
    • Chisels
    • Wire Brushes
    • Planing tools
    • Tape Measures, rulers, yardsticks, etc
    • Level
    • Square
    • Cross and Rip Saws
    • Hack Saw
    • C-Clamps
    • Pipe Wrench
    • Pliers of All Common Form
    • Files
    • Sharpening stones
    • Lots of nails, screws, bolts, washers, etc.
  • Some Real Nice to Have Stuff
    • Log splitter
    • A press
    • A scythe
    • A shop vac

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1002- The Why, What and How of Modern Homesteading

The Classic View of "Homestead" is not the Only Option

The Classic View of “Homestead” is not the Only Option

There is an old saying, “what’s old is new again”.  While a fashion minded yuppie may be referring to something like a brief return of the awful concept of bell bottom jeans or some such nonsense, there is a real meaningful component to the statement.

When we are unhappy, when we know something is wrong we try to think back to happier times and make part of what they had part of what we have today.  Why do you think “I Love Lucy”, “Andy Griffith” and even “The Three Stooges” enjoyed a lot of rebirth after 911? Why do you think one network plays “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours strait every Christmas?

This is particularly playing out today in the homesteading and back to the land movements.  Something is different this time though, people seem to be doing it for a new reason, while seeking the lessons of the past, they are actually looking to the future.  Rather then nostalgia driving a quaint idea, we seem to have realized, there is “a better way to do things”.

Join Me Today as We Discuss….

  • The Why of Modern Homesteading
    • Saving Money
    • Improving Health (mental and phyical)
    • Taking Control
    • Building Value in our Homes and Communities
  • The What of Modern Homesteading
    • Food Production
    • Animals That Have Jobs
    • Creation of Income
    • Development of Skills
    • Energy Independence (even by percentage)
    • Resource Identification
  • The How of Modern Homesteading
    • Gardening/Permaculture and Irrigation
    • Food Preservation Methods
      • Fermentation
      • Dehydration
      • Canning
      • Flash Freezing
      • Jerky/Biltong
      • Brewing/Vinting
    • Foraging
    • Barter and Buying from the Local Economy
    • Animal Husbandry
    • Tool Maintenance
    • Planning/Scheduling Activities and Upkeep
    • Record Keeping
    • Community Development

Resources for Today’s Show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-376- Underrated TEOTWAWKI Skills from the Audience

Today’s show is a follow up on Episode 371 that I did about 10 skills I felt were underrated in a big SHTF scenario.  Well you guys chimed in with a lot of great additional skills so today’s show is all about your ideas for more underrated skills.

I am also running a discount special on the Members Support Brigade from now until midnight Feb. 14th 2010.  For Details Click Here

Tune in today as we discuss skills like…

  • Herbal Medicine
  • Acupuncture and Massage for healing use
  • Leadership and motivation
  • First aid and medical care in general
  • Fire prevention
  • Plumbing and waste management
  • Salt making
  • Salvage Skills
  • Blade making
  • Metal Forging
  • Sewing, leather making and making clothing
  • Yeast making and propagation
  • Charcoal making
  • Plow sharpening
  • Jeweler (more of a goldsmith type to validate the value of gold/silver etc)
  • How arrogance and a belief is being “strong” can harm you
  • And more!

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-371- 10 Under Rated Post TEOTWAWKI Skills

Today we are going to discuss 10 skills for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it).  While we generally discuss more likely scenarios on the Survival Podcast then a complete total break down it is useful to consider the potential of “the big one” on occasion.   Additionally while most people would never acquire all of these skills, acquiring 2 or 3 will prove highly useful even if TEOTWAWKI never comes.

Join me today as we discuss the value of  TEOTWAWKI skills like

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Programming and Networking
  • Selling and Negotiating
  • Logistics
  • Navigational Competency
  • Primitive Cooking and Food Storage
  • Permaculture Design
  • Teaching – without a State provided lesson plan
  • Tool making, Welding and Machinist Skills
  • Carpentry and Woodworking Skills

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.