TradeSchool.coop was a self-organized learning community that ran on barter. Anyone could offer to teach a skill, and learners offered barter items to meet the teacher’s needs. Local chapters approved teachers and coordinated local gatherings for exchange; open source software facilitated communication between organizers internationally. Started in New York City in 2009, this self-organized network of artists, designers, and educators ran in more than thirty cities internationally by over 100 local organizers. Our all-volunteer effort reached over 20,000 students and teachers in fifty cities, with more than 100 local organizers communicating regularly online to support one another from Athens to Bogotá.
More info: TradeSchool.coop
Roles: Founding member, co-creative director, educator, technical project manager
Public talks: Maker Faire, Contactcon, TEDx, Social Media Week, Platform Cooperativism