the skillshare organizing collective
The skillshare events are organized by a rotating collective of local volunteers. We work together in a non-hierarchical, consensus-based manner to solicit and schedule workshops, secure space, do publicity and outreach, cook meals, and take care of all the other myriad details that go into organizing these events. We use the event donation money to pay for food, workshop supplies, and event supplies. We encourage new members, so if you're interested in helping out, please contact us.
points of unity
- We believe everyone can teach and learn something. We promote the idea of participatory learning, which emphasizes collective knowledge, blurring the lines between facilitators and participants.
- Education can happen through informal, non-hierarchical learning outside of the monetary economy. In a capitalist society, where learning has become commodified, we can resist by creating opportunities for people to share knowledge and skills with each other.
- Skillshare workshops are based on a strong DIY/DIO (do-it-yourself/do-it-ourselves) ethic and focus on practical skills.
- Workshops are accessible, free, and open to all.
- We reject oppressive systems in the larger society including but not limited to racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and speciesism.
- We seek to create accountable spaces within our collective and the Boston Skillshare event.