what are my sustainable skills

I attend a skills group in Grass Valley that branched off postpetrolium interests.  When I attend the meetings I usually feel stupid and worthless because everyone in the group is an expert at something useful for a life after petrolium pick.  It made me think of what kind of skills I should develop now that will be useful in the future.


I have a bachelors degree in business management, 20 years of experience in working with nonprofits and education in the business field.

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bring your awareness of sustainability to the experience you have in the business/non-profit world.  triple bottom line. making sustainability institutional culture.  read about “b corporations” and see if you can integrate progressive ideas into the work that you love.

Answered over 2 years ago jslabeck 6 from United States


It actually sounds like you have very viable, core skills that lend themselves well to sustainability efforts. Others may have expertise in the energy field, with accompanying ideas, but you have the business acumen and diverse experience to help put ideas into action, creating positive change. Don’t overlook that. Coupled with obvious enthusiasm, you’re an asset. 

Answered over 2 years ago armand biroonak 32 1 from United States


Sounds like you have fallen in with a fascinating crowd. I’m surprised, however, that it feels like you don’t have any skills applicable to the post-petroleum world. What exactly is your skills group imagining that world to look like? The Road, Parable of the Sower, Mad Max? It sounds like your basic skill set doesn’t include survival skills, but when will we ever stop having educators or business people? In fact, in any future I would imagine those skills becoming more important than ever.

 I’d love to hear more about the type of skills people are bringing to the table in your group. I would also like to hear about what you, and they, think will happen to the country and world as petroleum runs dry. I wonder if there will be sudden anarchy, slow decay, or a technologically buoyed continuation of business as usual.

It’s easy to get caught up comparing your skill sets to those of others, but it is never productive. If you want to learn something new, start today!  

Answered over 2 years ago tallybower 289 3 from United States


I agree with Armand’s response that it sounds like you have very tangible, core skills—not mention on-the-ground experience—that match your career. Something else I’d add is that I think it’s important to keep learning new skills, even if it seems unrelated to your current career. There is power in curiosity.

Answered over 2 years ago jay g 131 2 from United States