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Skillshare’s manifesto video titled “The Future Belongs to the Curious,” is a premise for living well that we subscribe to at the WLStudio, too.
Skillshare’s weekly email updates its current offerings in a wide range of interests: art, branding, crafts, culinary, design, DIY, entrepreneurship, extracurricular, fashion and style, film and video, music, performance, photography, social good, technology, and writing.
The teachers charge fees for classes. For instance, a one week online class by Jennifer Barbour in March 2013 on How to Write Blog Posts that Build a Community cost $10. Another one week online class by Pei Ketron on Make Your Photos Pop: Intro to Photo Editing through Adobe Lightroom is $20. A highly endorsed two week class by Dan Kozikowski on Pull Your Own Data: An Introduction to SQL is $20. Yet another interesting option in April 2013 was a class on drinking wine–Get Wine-Smart: Stop Thinking & Start Drinking by John Boyer, a geography professor at Virginia Tech. He charged $15 for the two weeks. By the end you would have presumably consumed a lot of wine and written a blog series about it. Here is his wine-in-mouth justification for taking the course:
Why would we take this class? Will it help us advance in our career? Will it provide us with all of the foundational knowledge we need, and more?
Ummm…yes, yes, and yes. In today’s world, drinking wine is not just part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, but it is a life skill, a business skill, and a language in and of itself that by being fluent in it, affords you access to the ‘cultured club’: the cosmopolitan, educated, successful, cultured, and classy peeps…and isn’t that we all aspire to become?