Trade School : Launches in Indianapolis
Trade School Indianapolis, a unique, alternative, self-organized educational concept that operates via a barter system, opened last September and began its second semester last month at the Downtown Indianapolis City Market. Organizers Blaire Huntley and Brittany West have developed the school so that anyone can either attend or teach a class.
Teachers propose classes and ask for barter items from students. For example, if one teaches a class about making butter, students might be asked to bring heavy cream, jars or bread. Students can also register by providing general items like clothes or healthy food or help with something like finding an apartment or tips in improving a hobby or skill.
Organizers believe that the activity fulfills the dynamic that people have very different needs, but they also have so much to offer to each other.