Not sure what to get this year? I don’t blame you. Between the standard new gadgetry or “hot new toys” there’s not much new under the tree this year. But with the economy in the state it is in and technology disrupting every field, there’s one gift that makes perfect sense: Education.
1. Give someone the skills to turn a hobby into a revenue stream.
Whether it’s graphic design or programming or video editing or, yes, music production, there are considerable demands for people who know how to use technology to create or produce content. Most all of these skills have independent skillshare schools where you can pick up these talents relatively inexpensively. Even one seminar to whet their appetite or get them introduced to a new career path could make a world of difference.
2. You won’t find the most cutting-edge facilities in a traditional school.
Pop-up assemblies, projects or adult education centers possess a dexterity to adapt to change from month to month, where older institutions might take a year or more to introduce innovations into their curriculum.
This is exactly why these new-era educational centers are disrupting higher education with every turn.
They’re also massively less expensive and require much less of a commitment.
3. It’s also a social exercise.
Maybe your friend, sibling or offspring needs to get out of the house more? Perhaps the news or their financial situation keeps them from getting out and about? Taking a class is a great way to meet people, form bonds and potentially even fall in love. As the Director of the Mmmmaven Project, I’ve literally seen it happen. In the advent of our more silo’d world and in the near absence of of old-world centers like libraries, record stores or brick-and-mortar technology shops, there’s no better place to join a like-minded community than a skill-share.
And I’m not just saying this because our Central Square Cambridge music academy is having our annual 20% off sale. Be it General Assembly, Danger!Awesome, night classes at a nearby community college or vocational school, the gift of education may not be as cheap as Boggle but it goes a lot further. And again, I’m speaking from experience.
In these times, the gift of education is nearly as thoughtful of a gift as it gets.
David Day is co-Founder and Director of Mmmmaven, a future music academy in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge. Follow them on Twitter for all the latest news and information: @mmmmaven, @mmmmavenproject, @mmmmavenagency and their teen program: @BeatAcademyBOS. And, yes they are indeed having a big sale this weekend.
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Ready? Want to know more about our gifting opportunities? We also have gift certificates available. Email DJ Sara Lee to get started.