Trade School is a self-organised learning space that runs on barter. Anyone can teach anything they are passionate about or skilled at - experience, practical skills and big ideas are all valued equally. No money changes hands, instead teachers say what they’d like in exchange for giving their class, and pupils sign up by agreeing to bring a barter item from the list.
The barter mechanism means there is no financial barrier to attend a class and learn a new skill. The open offer to teach creates opportunities to share and practise underused skills. The informal atmosphere and exchange creates new social connections.
There are over 60 Trade Schools globally. Since co-founding Trade School London we have supported Trade Schools to launch in Westminster, Croydon, Willesden, Barbican, West Norwood, Brixton, Loughton and Norwich.
Role: Trade School London co-founder, global Trade School coop partner, 2012 - current
Skills: project launch and development, marketing and communications, collaborative relationships, shared value propositions, innovative mixed space use, event management, social media.