Thinking from your head, heart and hands.

Posted on octobre 10th, by Salima in Hacking education. No Comments

What do you have to offer from your Head, Heart and Hands? 

Knowledge and skills come in all different shapes and forms, but how do we realize what we have? Some questions you can ask yourself to start recognizing your skills are:

What are your life interests? What are your motivations and passions?

Do you have any specific knowledge you’d be willing to share/teach? Do you have anything specific you’d like to learn?

What would people say you’re good at?

A simple way to organise your many talents is to split them up into three categories: Head, heart and hands. To put it into perspective, I am going to use real offers from E-180!

Head On. Photo by Dalbera on Flickr.


Specialized knowledge that you may have. This can, but doesn’t have to be formal or stemming from “higher education,” it can be anything! You never know how your knowledge on a subject can be valuable to others.

For instance: an introduction to politics in Quebec, how to organize a trip alone, tips how to travel in a certain country/continent, info about the SLAM poetry scene in Quebec, how to use a library efficiently, how to save money, how to start up a small business, how to write an essay…. These are just to name a few.



Image from wolfgangphoto on Flickr.


These are physical skills that you can share with others. Some examples we’ve seen so far include:

How to make sushi, how to design a logo, how to play ukulele, how to apply make-up, how to make jam, how to use a non-digital camera, how to record and produce an album, how to design a website, how to plan a mother/child workout..





Image by Salima Punjani


Skills from your heart include what your passions are, what energizes you? This one can often blend into the head/hand categories, but its something to think about.

Some examples: creative writing, help in learning a language, an introduction to yoga, a briefing on reiki, a chat about French literature, responsible consumption, finding the pleasure in listening to live music….




Hope this helps you forget the « I don’t have anything to offer » excuse, we all have talents, it’s just about recognizing them!

Thank you to the Bank of Ideas and the Post Growth Institute as well as Brianne Peters from the Coady International Institute for the resources/tools on Asset Based Community Development.

What would you like to learn/offer on E-180? We’d love to hear it!

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