This book is a manual for young people who want to build a new economy on their own terms. This book is written by and for creative people who believe that an economy of justice is possible, and that we can build spaces of hope for one another to experience the world we want to see. This book comes from eight years of experience forming fifty barter-run learning spaces in thirty cities around the world. We will tell you how to organize a collective, how to set up a learning space, and how to work with a barter system to meet your needs and the needs of your community.
Trade School was a non-traditional learning space where students barter with teachers that ran from 2009-2019. At Trade School, anyone could teach a class. Students signed up for classes by agreeing to bring a barter item that the teacher requested. Trade School became an international network of local, self-organized chapters with over 22,000 people in classes. Each chapter coordinated the exchange of knowledge for barter items and services.
CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS / TRADE SCHOOL ORGANIZERS: Alegria Acosta, Eduardo Enrique Aguilar, Rachel Arnould, Nicole Bergen, Laura Billings, Desiree Brandon, Estefania Bravo, Silvia Canelon, Alessandro Contini, Daniel Dordelly, Elie Gauthey, Lungisani Gumbi, Colin Hynson, Athena Kokoronis, Nicole Lazzari, Louise Ma, Anthi Mouriadou, Tessa Naiker, Nicola, Danila Pelicani, Marie Claire Peytrignet, Narmada Ramakrishna, Thania Rodriguez, Michelle Soto, Ronay Tuncer, Brittany West, Amy Whitaker, Marietta Wildt, Caroline Woolard, and Or Zubalsky.
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