Trade School is great way of sharing skills and talents. Anyone can teach something they are skilled at, or passionate about. Learners pay for the class with a barter item (like food, supplies, or advice). Trade School celebrates local wisdom, mutual respect, and the social nature of exchange.
How it works
1) People offer to teach a class about something they know (there is a form below).
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.
Inspiration and global collective
Trade School started in New York. The Trade School network is a collective of self-organized barter-for-knowledge schools across the world. Dudley is now among these!
Testing Trade School in Dudley
In 2013 an open session on How to Start a Trade School was run at Wrens Nest Community Centre. 9 residents got together to found Trade School Wrens Nest and ran 2 successful full days of Trade School classes. Following that classes popped up occasionally in the community centre.
In summer 2016 CoLab Dudley team members found Trade School teachers in both Coseley and Dudley and seven fantastic classes were run in everything from keeping urban chickens to dancing, baking and hair styling. Trade School Dudley classes have continued to be offered, from languages to crafts, gardening to modern art. Barter items have ranged from seeds to chocolate, notebooks to wool and buttons.
What we like about Trade School
- Anyone can teach, anyone can learn.
- No teaching experience is required.
- Everyone is welcome to attend classes. All ages, all backgrounds
- No money exchanges hands. Teachers give their knowledge in return for barter items.