Classes, courses and wisdom from elders with amazing life experience
Launched in the UK in 2012, The Amazings was nothing short of – er, amazing! They offered fun and friendly classes on everything from joinery to journalism, quilting to corset-making – all taught by folks over 50. It was a kind of marketplace where retirees can trade their skills.
Judith – Amazings Instructor
From the former Amazings site:
"We see Amazingness everywhere. It's the retired postman who can play the ukulele. It's the grandparent who knows morse code. It's the neighbour who was an opera singer. Maybe society isn't as good at passing down these skills through generations as we used to be. Our little company started because we wanted to fix this.
Our vision is a marketplace and platform for wisdom. We see the potential to change learning; the opportunity to re-think retirement; the possibility of bringing together communities; and the chance to bring back the make-do and mend spirit, so we can at the very least, know how to hem a skirt or fix a bike."
How might we support intergenerational exchange across age groups? What might young people learn about mentoring older adults through experienecing how they teach? Could it be fun to have a sessions were younger people and older adults teach the same topic through different lenses? (eg. journalism)