Collaborations are a thing of beauty. This month, Grand Opening and Our Goods have teamed up and formed Trade School, a month long experiment that offers classes in a variety of subjects including Business School for Artists, How to Make Butter, Intro to Participatory Learning & Action, Grantwriting and a number of other fascinating topics. Trade School omits the dollar system and operates solely on barter. Teachers are compensated in work space and students pay for class by bringing goods to trade. I signed up for "PLAY: Improv for Ideation," a class that teaches a series of interactive ideation and process exercises aimed at informing and enhancing the creative practice. In exchange, the teachers, the duo behind MakerHappener, have asked for any of the following:
One-time access to a laser cutter 1 hour of Wordpress assistance A jar of organic peanut butter or raw local honey Stumptown coffee beans A winter coat for a 70 pound black lab Art Plants Cool maps or art books
I love the idea of people coming together across a variety of disciplines to share resources and teach one another. Who wants to join me?