Trade School is a non-traditional learning community that runs on barter and not on a monetary exchange.

The Trade School network is a collective of self-organised barter-for-knowledge schools across the world. Trade School began in January 2009 as an experiment by a group of artists in New York City who wanted to celebrate local wisdom, mutual respect, and the social nature of exchange.

Their simple idea works like this…

  1. People offer to teach a class about something they know.
  2. They decide on a list of barter items they're interested in receiving. Barter items can be in the form of goods or services, both tangible and intangible. For example: jars, music tips, clothes, vegetables, or help with something like finding an apartment.
  3. Students sign up for their class by agreeing to bring something from their list.

How Trade School works

Anyone with a practical skill, talent or knowledge to share can offer a Trade School class. No teaching experience is required. You can sign up to teach by filling in a short form here After your class idea has been agreed and you have told us what you would like as your barter exchange for sharing/teaching your idea, we will put your class on the Trade School website for learners to sign up. Everyone is welcome to attend classes. No money exchanges hands. On the day of the class, you will meet your learners, receive your barter items, and run your class. We are there to help and the atmosphere is always relaxed, friendly and fun. Upcoming classes are listed below

Upcoming Trade School Classes

Trade School Digbeth: Audio Editing for Podcasting, Interviews and Beyond

Audio Editing for Podcasting, Interviews and Beyond The workshop will be delivered by Robert Humphries Massey. Rob is an Audio Visual engineer at an FE…

Trade School Digbeth: Chinese Tea

Join Yi Zeng for a workshop on Chinese Tea Ceremony   One of the earliest written accounts of Chinese tea ceremonies can be traced back…

Trade School Digbeth: How To Work with Coders

How To Work with Coders The aim of this class is to help you get the most out of the software developers that you are…

Trade School Digbeth: The Art of Procrastination

Join Sinead Latham for a workshop on The Art of Procrastination   Ever the procrastinator oddly, Sinead teaches others how to use time effectively to…

Trade School Digbeth: Mobile Media Production On The Go

Join Daniel Blyden for a workshop on Mobile Media Production On The Go   Daniel is all about creativity, community and social change. You can…