Skills

Daily Prep

10 Self-Sufficiency Skills That Will Save You a Bundle

Acquire skills and knowledge to build resilience.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 12:39 PM

10 things that you can do to build more resilience and self-sufficiency into your life and help save resources to keep your efforts sustained and going.

http://morethanjustsurviving.com/self-sufficient-finance/

Daily Prep

Survival Skills - Fire Making with a Hand Drill

Primative / Bushcraft fire making
Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:19 PM

Learn the basics of making fire with the hand drill method.  Also check out the the WSID article on 9 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/survival-skills-hand-drill-fire-making

Insider

The Future of Living

The rise of 'vernacular artistry'
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 11:35 AM

Executive Summary

  • Ready or not, the forces underlying the Long Emergency will force a return to the 'real' (vs the virtual)
  • What regions and town/city models will fare best in this future?
  • The age of the car is over: how will we transport goods and ourselves?
  • Which skills will be in greatest demand?
  • How to prepare ourselves emotionally for becoming less techno-dependent

If you have not yet read Part I: Returning to the 'Real'  available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

A Return To the 'Real'

John Maynard Keynes famously remarked, “In the long run we are all dead.” Which leaves the short to intermediate run, which is a lot. Start with the proposition that we’ll be compelled to reconnect our lives to biophysical reality, that is, nature. The techno-industrial adventure was about the exhilaration of overcoming natural limits — and the grandiosity in thinking that we could de-link permanently and put something synthetic and supposedly just-as-good in nature’s place. In the process, we de-natured ourselves and unplugged from the satisfactions found in being part of something wondrous and whole and larger than ourselves. We don’t have to reinvent the sacred. It has been there all along. We just ignored and disregarded it for about a century, and now we have to rebuild the social and logistical infrastructure for it.  That job will be easier than keeping the interstate highway system in repair.

Expect to be living a far less mediated existence, being more directly in touch with the patterns afforded by nature, the sun and moon, the seasons, the temperature, the sensations, the tastes and textures, the pains and pleasures. For the generation used to sensing absolutely everything through the tiny portal of a five-inch smart phone screen, this may come as a startling psychological shock, greater than the psychedelic drugs of the hippie days were to the Boomers. By the way, nobody should expect that the national electric grid will survive indefinitely, or that every locality will be able to generate its own electricity without the long commercial chains of mining, advanced metallurgy, and the manufacture of modular machinery.

Where to Live?

One of the first questions for people to answer for themselves, especially in a period of demographic turmoil, is what place do I feel okay about being in and how do I set my roots in it? ... » Read more

Daily Prep

17+ Ways To Become Self-Sufficient Before ‘The Crunch’

Skills and resources to get while you still have time
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 5:35 PM

A simple list of basic skills and resources to acquire before they become more difficult to learn or get.

http://www.survivallife.com/2013/07/26/17-ways-to-become-more-self-sufficient-before-the-crunch/

Also check out the recent Peak Prosperity WSID article on What Can I Do? (Understanding your level of preparedness). » Read more

What Should I Do?

We Can Do It: J. Howard Miller

What Can I Do?

Evaluating and building skills
Saturday, July 6, 2013, 12:43 PM

During the course of preparation, you may find yourself asking yourself, What should I do? Peak Prosperity's excellent WSID series, devoted to developing a strategy for cultivating a more resilient lifestyle and drawing on the knowledge of dozens of subject matter experts, has become one of the most important contributions this site has to offer, in my opinion. » Read more

What Should I Do?

Vehicle Everyday Carry

Understanding what to carry in a car for emergency situation
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 2:45 AM

The average American spends up to 12 years in their car, and that means that you are probably going to be spending oh… around a sixth of your life in your automobile in various stages of transportation, idling, and using colorful language to describe your frustrations to your fellow drivers.

While I can’t help with making the daily grind pleasant, in this article we’re going to explore some things you can do to make sure that the events that happen in and around our cars are less stressful – and that’s a good thing, because less stress = longer lives = more time spent in cars.

With that in mind, let’s think back to Understanding Emergencies and Everyday Carry. We can apply these same templates to our vehicles, to make the most unpleasant moments on the road a little more manageable. » Read more