Trade School is a grassroots school that brings people together to exchange knowledge and skills with bartering at its heart. Teachers deliver lessons ranging from photography to philosophy in exchange for services, actions or items from students.
From the Trade School site:
“It works like this:
1) Teachers propose classes and ask for barter items from students. For example, if you teach a class about making butter, you might ask students to bring heavy cream, jars, bread, music tips, clothes, vegetables, or help with something like finding an apartment.
2) Students sign up for classes by agreeing to bring a barter item for the teacher.
Trade School is for people who value hands-on knowledge, mutual respect, and the social nature of exchange. We believe that everyone has something to offer”
Trade School is open to anyone.
• Trade School prides itself on being cost-free as no money is exchanged. Costs will only involve the items necessary for the lesson that students will bring along, or any that arise for the ‘exchange’ expected by the teacher for their service.
Approximate time expense
• The recommended amount of time for a class is 1.5 hours with 30 minutes gap between classes.
• Classes involving crafts should be longer, including time to tidy up.
• There is a great deal of freedom and flexibility regarding the subject matter of classes.
• Trade School brings people from different walks of life together to learn about common interests.
• The open and inclusive process means anyone can get involved.
• It may be difficult to arrange an appropriate space to host the event free of charge.
Trade School began in New York in 2009, with sessions since being held across the globe. It was developed by three of the five co-founders of the bartering network OurGoods.org, Louise Ma, Rich Watts and Caroline Woolard.
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Build skills and capacity of participants
Gather individual pre-existing opinions
Generate new ideas (innovation)
Create a shared vision amongst participants
Number of participants
Self selected participants attending as individuals (open access process)
Level of awareness and interest
participants need information and cannot articulate their interests
participants know about some aspects/can roughly articulate some interest
participants are well informed and can articulate their interests
Crime and justice
Culture and arts
Environment and climate change
Health and well-being
Housing and Planning
Science and technology
Limit search to...
... face to face processes
Level of involvement
Children and young people
Ethnic minority groups
Groups with low levels of literacy/confidence
People with learning difficulties