Solidarity economy: Xskool will pay as much attention to the informal or solidarity economy as to the formal one. Participants will learn about new models of ‘social venturing’ – and how service opportunities identified during Energy Descent Action Plans can be turned into sustainable social enterprises.

Informal knowledge: Like flowers that wilt when cut and put in a vase, indigenous knowledge tends to degrade quickly when removed from its context. Because it tends to be socially-owned and used, traditional and tacit knowledge does not lend itself to being codified, organized by knowledge managers, and put into encyclopedias. Xskool will teach participants how to engage sensitively with traditional knowledge and its  ecology of actors and resources.

Learning from other cultures – and times: One of the reasons we harm natural systems is our culture’s belief in its separateness from, and dominion over, nature. This sense of apartness is probably a minority belief among the world’s peoples. Our fellow humans in other cultures cherish nature now; they also embody alternative ways to value – and live – notions of time and speed. Xskool will learn from them.