What we're about

About us: We, as a budding community, explore boundaries of human potential and imagination. We want to connect, grow, inspire and enjoy. The ethos of this Skills Exchange community may be redefined and rediscovered again and again, yet, shall always be open-hearted, generous and all-embracing, to uncover great human potential and empathy.

We believe that we can create a safe online platform-and-offline local community to socialise-learn-teach. There never will be enough rules and regulations to stop unsuitable behaviours. May community ethos and personal intuition be our guide.

Where words fail, may generosity, faith and the embrace never stop. We believe the world is enough to embrace each one. We haven’t the plan-and-method, but we can be guided by the community ethos of generosity and brotherhood. We encourage inclusive, progressive and healthy communities worldwide.

What's the vision-mission of this group? An inspired open-hearted global community via Skills Exchange to enhance human connection, learning-teaching.

What we do in this group? Socalise-learn-teach.

What is the purpose of a Skills Exchange community meeting?

Organising Teams in various cities may call for Skills Exchange meetups because:

1. we are social beings and we like to meet people,

2. meeting as a community builds trust, advances understanding and creates opportunities for potential skills exchange partners to meet; as part of every meeting, each attendee will tell what she's looking to learn-teach

3. there's a topic at hand that is interesting for the local Skills Exchange community to explore

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Hi! Let's do Skills Exchange: you teach me something, I teach you something. You join this community to try Skills Exchange, enjoy and discover together. Put up relevant details and photos in your profile to attract awesome Skills Exchange partners and to build trust. Post your request on Discussion. I try match you: https://goo.gl/PfjKLd

Skills Exchange Vision-Mission: An inspired open-hearted global community via Skills Exchange.

Sample post on Discussion: Xin Chào. Practice Vietnamese with me. I teach you English, Wing Chun or chess. Close to Bến Thành Market. Sundays. See profile please.

About the Organiser, Karen Seah: I explore possibilities and evolve with the Skills Exchange community. I encourage socially-connected, progressive learning individuals. I'm going city to city to launch Skills Exchange and to enjoy your culture. I dance Tango, paint abstract, do western classical singing and learn Improv Comedy. I like coffee. And tea.

Skills Exchange Launch is our beginning conversation about Skills Exchange; it may look like http://goo.gl/zhq1xt . In order for me to host a series of Skills Exchange meetups in your city, I need venues that offer publicity. Suitable venues may be co-working spaces, the national library, universities, community clubs, etc.

For the events, I will need Volunteers for:

• Videographer

• Photographer

• Publicist

• Linguist

• Local Co-organiser

Looking forward to meet you, in your city. Karen Seah

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Vài điều về chúng tôi:

Xin chào! Hãy trao đổi kỹ năng: bạn hướng dẫn cho tôi, tôi sẽ hướng dẫn lại cho bạn. Bạn gia nhập cộng đồng này để thử trao đổi kỹ năng, trải nghiệm và khám phá cùng với nhau. Hãy đăng tải những thông tin và hình ảnh vào phần mô tả sơ lược của bạn để thu hút những thành viên trao đổi kỹ năng tuyệt vời và xây dựng niềm tin. Xin đưa yêu cầu của bạn vào phần thảo luận. https://goo.gl/PfjKLd

Mẫu thảo luận: Xin chào, hãy tập luyện tiếng Việt cùng tôi. Tôi sẽ dạy bạn tiếng Anh, Vịnh Xuân hoặc chơi cờ. Gần chợ Bến Thành. Chủ nhật. Xin hãy xem qua mô tả sơ lược về tôi.

Về người tổ chức, Karen Seah: tôi khám phá những tiềm năng và tiến triển với cộng đồng trao đổi kỹ năng. Tôi khuyến khích sự kết nối với xã hội, sự tiến bộ trong học hỏi của từng cá nhân. Tôi đã đến nhiều thành phố để phát động chương trình trao đổi kỹ năng và trải nghiệm văn hóa các nước. Tôi thích nhảy Tango, vẽ tranh trừu tượng, hát nhạc cổ điển phương tây và học hài kịch cải biên. Tôi thích trà và cà phê.

Chương trình trao đổi kỹ năng là buổi thảo luận mở đầu về trao đổi kỹ năng. Vui lòng tham khảo tại http://goo.gl/zhq1xt . Để có thể chủ trì hàng loạt cuộc họp mặt trao đổi kỹ năng ở thành phố của bạn, tôi cần những địa điểm mang tính công khai. Những địa điểm thích hợp có thể là những nơi cùng làm việc, thư viện quốc gia, trường đại học, câu lạc bộ cộng đồng, v.v….

Để tổ chức sự kiện thành công, tôi cần những tình nguyện viên chuyên về:

· Quay phim

· Chụp hình

· Báo chí

· Ngôn ngữ học

· Người đồng tổ chức tại địa phương

Mong sẽ sớm được gặp tại thành phố của bạn, Karen Seah.

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Skills Exchange Organiser’s Story

I was 14. Heading home after school, I sat at the uptown bus stop, waiting for my bus. An old lady walked on the road of tar beside the bus stop. Her small body curved forward, like a flower bud wilting on a short stalk. She had 80 years of age, short matt silver hair and wore the samfoo, Chinese sleeved-blouse and trousers set. She had the kind of face and appearance that evokes compassion in ordinary people. Her loose clothes fluttered in the wind. Two metres in front of me, she folded over to pluck a dirty paper cup encrusted onto the road at this busy bus stop. She walked off slowly with her humble find. I had tears flowing out my eyes that could not be stopped despite being a self-conscious teenager in public; I had wanted no granny pick trash off roads for food.

I spent the next decades confused by “bad realities”, yearning that no-one goes hungry, that no-one is deprived, of love and good things in life… … Then, gradually, I embrace these realities. Being on Skills Exchange community project is a way that I could be progressive: to enhance human connection and inclusiveness, learning and teaching at the same time.

In 2004, I wanted singing classes. I had an idea to teach Tango for singing classes with a friend. And I did. Later, I wanted to learn Spanish and Italian because of Tango and western classical singing. So I taught Tango for Spanish and Italian language help. First session, my amateur Italian language tutor turned up with a book, our language tool. People know what to do in a skills exchange situation. One of the ways I learn open-heartedness is to humbly accept from givers, in ways that I can never really repay. I learn that giving is taking, and taking, giving. Generosity is profound appreciation of what one is and has. I like skills exchanging because I learn about stuff and myself, and that I do not need much money to do so but being happy to share something with my Skills Exchange partner; there are opportunities for being now and here, learning something new, having fun, giving attention to others’ stories and invitation to include.

I like to travel. I imagine that it is possible to find a Skills Exchange partner because, say one is interested to know more about Thai spices or to practise Vietnamese, by sharing his culture or offering language help. I imagine that everyone may improve themselves through exchanging skills regardless of socio-economic status. I imagine that we practise empathy through intimate learn-teach situations.

Skills Exchange community is evolving. Each of us has influence in this beginning global community to inspire and open possibilities, one skills exchange at a time.

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Skills Exchange Saigon

Là Nhà Milk Tea And Cake

- Skills Exchange Group - About us: We explore human potential and imagination, to grow, connect and inspire. The Skills Exchange community is big-hearted, humanity-lifting and intelligent. We want safer digital-and-offline local communities to learn-teach-connect. In Skills Exchange (SE) meetups, we invite everyone to tell what they would like to learn and share personal stories how you get the skills, so that we may connect with potential Skills Exchange partners. Programme: 1. Welcome and Introduction 2. Speaker's session 3. Guideline for SE matching 4. Matching time * It’ll help us if you honour your RSVP and arrive timely * Please find Là Nhà at 27 Nguyen Khac Nhu D1!!! Think in a Box is the old name! Dont get it wrong! And park opposite to the right at Luong The Vinh school!

Skills Exchange Saigon

Là Nhà Milk Tea And Cake

- Skills Exchange Group - About us: We explore human potential and imagination, to grow, connect and inspire. The Skills Exchange community is big-hearted, humanity-lifting and intelligent. We want safer digital-and-offline local communities to learn-teach-connect. In Skills Exchange (SE) meetups, we invite everyone to tell what they would like to learn and share personal stories how you get the skills, so that we may connect with potential Skills Exchange partners. Programme: 1. Welcome and Introduction 2. Speaker's session 3. Guideline for SE matching 4. Matching time * It’ll help us if you honour your RSVP and arrive timely * Please find Là Nhà at 27 Nguyen Khac Nhu D1!!! Think in a Box is the old name! Dont get it wrong! And park opposite to the right at Luong The Vinh school!

Skills Exchange Saigon

Là Nhà Milk Tea And Cake

- Skills Exchange Group - About us: We explore human potential and imagination, to grow, connect and inspire. The Skills Exchange community is big-hearted, humanity-lifting and intelligent. We want safer digital-and-offline local communities to learn-teach-connect. In Skills Exchange (SE) meetups, we invite everyone to tell what they would like to learn and share personal stories how you get the skills, so that we may connect with potential Skills Exchange partners. Programme: 1. Welcome and Introduction 2. Speaker's session 3. Guideline for SE matching 4. Matching time * It’ll help us if you honour your RSVP and arrive timely * Please find Là Nhà at 27 Nguyen Khac Nhu D1!!! Think in a Box is the old name! Dont get it wrong! And park opposite to the right at Luong The Vinh school!

Skills Exchange Saigon

Là Nhà Milk Tea And Cake

- Skills Exchange Group - About us: We explore human potential and imagination, to grow, connect and inspire. The Skills Exchange community is big-hearted, humanity-lifting and intelligent. We want safer digital-and-offline local communities to learn-teach-connect. In Skills Exchange (SE) meetups, we invite everyone to tell what they would like to learn and share personal stories how you get the skills, so that we may connect with potential Skills Exchange partners. Programme: 1. Welcome and Introduction 2. Speaker's session 3. Guideline for SE matching 4. Matching time * It’ll help us if you honour your RSVP and arrive timely * Please find Là Nhà at 27 Nguyen Khac Nhu D1!!! Think in a Box is the old name! Dont get it wrong! And park opposite to the right at Luong The Vinh school!

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