New year, new ideas! A good friend and I have started a Knowledge Exchange: Our goal is to meet up once a week for one hour to learn from each other. My friend is an amazing Opera singer and I have always loved to sing and have toyed with the idea of getting a professional teacher before. She on the other hand is interested in perfecting her German. Even though I am not a German teacher, I grew up in Germany (for the most part) and therefore speak German.
We are planning to do a half an hour German lesson and then half an hour singing lesson every week. (not Opera, I just want to be able to sing while playing my ukulele). We hang out at least once a week anyway, so it doesn't really cut into our schedules.
Even though the idea in itself is not new, my interest got sparked when I heard about Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winning physicist, who had a friend who was an artist. Inspired by a mutual admiration for Leonardo DaVinci, they'd get together every Sunday for eight years and by the end of it, the physicist was a much better artist than most people and the artist was a much better physicist than others. Even though, just like Richard Feynman, I have no aspirations of ever being a singer, I am very intrigued by singing and if all I get out of this is thirty minutes of fun once a week, I'll be a happier person.
If you know someone who has a talent that you would like to get better at, I highly recommend you partner up with them. It's a really fun (and inexpensive) way to learn. If you don't, maybe put up an ad on Craigslist or just at your local supermarket saying what knowledge you have to offer and what subjects you are interested in.
Have you ever done a Knowledge Exchange? What did you learn from it?