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Tradeschool - barter based learning

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Tradeschool - Fed up having to pay to learn?

If so, perhaps this collaborative learning space that operates on a barter basis may just float your boat.

Trade School is an alternative learning space where you pay for a class with a barter item that your teacher proposes, items such as food, supplies, help etc.Tradeschool
It’s a bit like a communal crowdsourcing of talent where the teacher after proposing a particular class, asks for bartered items in return. Perhaps if you are the teacher proposing a class on cooking French cuisine you may ask the ‘students’ to bring the ingredients, or alternatively you may need your garage cleaned - bingo, you have a deal!

As the guys state on their website: “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.”

The Trade School network is now made up of self-organized barter-for-knowledge schools across the world. Started back in early 2010 by a bunch of friends from New York, this bohemian-esque style of teaching has now crossed the pond and has now become more of a movement of people offering knowledge and skills in return for...well whatever other people choose to barter really!

So far in the UK, there are four main Tradeschools which are based in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cardiff. However, before you say “I don’t live there, that’s not fair”, if you fancy ‘self starting’ your own Tradeschool in your area, you may just be able to, provided of course that you match their ideals and requirements. Check out this rather handy Tradeschool link for more info!

Still interested? Why not take a little peek at the Tradeschool promo video to find out a little more...

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Published on: 10th February 2013

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