Barter for Instruction

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If you end up at 32 Prince Street in New York City, feel free to take a class -- you just have to leave something you have.

Trade School is an opportunity for people to share skills and knowledge in exchange for, well, pretty much anything. The school was started by three of the co-founders of OurGoods, an online database of people who are looking to barter their skills.

They opened Trade School in 2010 to see how the exchange would happen if offered in a non-virtual, public setting.

In its first year, more than 800 people participated in 76 single-session classes in 35 days. Volunteer teachers offered classes on topics like grant writing and scrabble strategy in exchange for goods including mixed CDs, running shoes, and groceries.

Trade School's open this year from February 2 to April 17 in an old classroom in Nolita. The group raised money for rent on Kickstarter and already has people signed up to teach comics, JavaScript, cooperative gallery co-founding, and feltmaking for nomads.

For more information, check out Trade School's official website.

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Claire Lawton
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