Trade School is a learning experiment where teachers barter with students.

We place equal value on big ideas, practical skills, and experiential knowledge.


Everyone has something to offer.

Trade School is not free—we believe in the power of non-monetary value.


Trade School runs on mutual respect.

We are motivated by integrity, not coercion.

We are organized without hierarchy.

We share power and information.

We are actively working to create safe spaces for people and ideas.

Our organization is always learning and evolving.


We are inspired by Mess Hall and the Principles of Cooperation.


“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time; but if you are here because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

—Lilla Watson