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…
- People offer to teach a class about something they know.
- 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.
- Students sign up for their class by agreeing to bring something from their list.