Trade School

| May 19, 2010


TRADE SCHOOL = 30 DAYS OF CLASSES, CO-WORKING AND BARTERING.

I found this great article in GOOD describing a new project called Trade School, opening on the Lower East Side of Manhattan from now until the first of March. There are a range of class offerings from grant writing to making butter, but the interesting thing is that entry into classes is not based on money or talent but it is on meeting the needs of a particular teacher. OurGoods, an online barter network, works to pair people with intersecting interests.

Members of the OurGoods network barter skills, spaces, and objects, with “haves” and “needs.” . For example, I can help you write a grant if you help to make my costumes. OurGoods is a new model for valuing creative work. It fosters interdependence and strong working relationships. You will get your independent work done with mutual respect instead of cash. – Caroline Woolard, one of the founders

Read more here or visit the Trade School website to view or sign up for classes.