In my preps I have put aside instructional materials as well as base material for several areas that I have little or no skills in. I watch those that have practical these skills with a touch of envy as when it comes to doing practical things I have ten thumbs on my hands.
At the last Scottish Meeting the Klampits brought an instructional book on Leather Braiding and some pieces of Leather as well as a knife that was being made for another prepper. It was interesting stuff and actually got me interested in looking at these two skills. Ken of course has his Herbal Skills and all around the table people had different experiences and skillsets.
It is a perfect example of how teams work better than individuals. They all bring something different to the table which compliments the skills that others bring. What one person doesn’t know, someone else usually has some knowledge about.
A few years ago I worked for a company that spent time showing you how teams were better than individuals and how to get the best from your teams. They started by showing us that no matter how good a single individual was a team performed even better. Then they explained the make up of teams and how everyone had a place.
Of course in our scenarios this isn’t always true. Not everyone has a place and teams without a structure don’t always hold together under pressure but even so providing that they are working towards a coomon goal, which we are, we perform better than individuals.
Our species is best when we are working together. What we need is a common goal, a future we can believe in and work towards then all our team members can help us reach heights that as individuals we cannot achieve.
However, the spanner in the works is that after an event we won’t know who to trust and it is likely that the people we have built up relationships with won’t be around or will be too far away to get together. In which case we need to keep ourselves to ourselves for simple survival and when survival is not enough and we need to start to rebuild then we have to reach out to others. Hopefully, we will have built up at least some sort of relationships before that point. Relationships built on trust and mutual understanding usually allow people to build ties that will hold steady in adversity.
So, we need to build relationships whilst we can, especially with people of similar mindsets. They don’t have to be preppers but as long as they have a solid base of morals, honesty and a variety of skills you never know where it will lead. Try and make sure they are far enough away not to be knocking on your door five minutes after an event but close enough that you can contact them when things settle down. I suspect that will be the difficult part. Nothing is perfect. Anyway, you may decide that you want to help them.
Myself, I can’t see a community holding together at first unless it has very strong ties built before the event but a small community starting to come together within three years would be a good thing to aim for.
That is what I am aiming for.