It's Sunday and I think I have finally recovered from from an amazing week of Trade School. I have learnt so many things: how to repair chairs, knit scarves for mice, how to bind my own notebooks, the Polish word for flip flops (it's Klapki) and most of all I have learnt how generous and sharing you all are! I met lots of lovely people and I'm really hoping we can do it again. A massive thanks to Laura (the unsung hero) for getting it all off the ground. It was touch and go finding a venue (thanks to www.indycube.biz) but it all worked out in the end.
So here are a few photos so you can see what we got up to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/32555040@N02/sets/72157631724463879/
A big thanks too, to all the amazing teachers and to everyone who attended. Hope you come back next term.
It would be good to hear your thoughts to on the project and how we move it forward so don't forget to pop along to Wednesday Club too.
Register to hold a class or take part in a Trade School Cardiff; the Trade School Cardiff page is up and running!
We need people to run classes for Trade School Cardiff- if you have skills, knowledge or experience that you can share with other people then please go to the Trade School Cardiff page and click register to teach
You can add a description of what you will be doing, a bit about yourself, choose a time and day and list what you would like in exchange for your class.
Once classes have been approved then other people can sign up to take part in them, so we need people to get their ideas on the Trade School Cardiff page as soon as possible!
If you would like to run a class but are a bit nervous of teaching, we have volunteers who can offer support and help you to put your class together. Just let us know.
If you need any help with registering, putting your class together, or would like more information, email laura.howe(at)ark-lab.co.uk
For some inspiration from past classes, have a look at Trade School New York
Last Thursday we had an initial meeting about running Trade School Cardiff. Trade School Cardiff will be running from May 12th-20th, which coincides with Adult Learners Week.
What is Trade School?
Trade School is an informal learning event at which those wishing to learn barter for the knowledge of those willing to teach.
Why Trade School?
Trade School puts a value on all type of knowledge, skills and experience. It promotes the belief that everyone has something valuable they can share with other people, and encourages learning and the exchange of ideas in an environment of mutual self respect.
How does Trade school work?
Anyone who wishes to share a skill or knowledge with a group of people registers to run a class in exchange for goods. Those wishing to learn bring along the goods required by the 'teacher'. Trade School Cardiff will have a special page on the Trade School website on which people can register classes or sign up for classes. Any type of skill, knowledge or experience can be shared as long as it is not about exploiting other people or the promotion of a business.
Who can get involved?
Everyone from any background, community or age group can get involved as long as they are prepared to respect everyone else taking part.
What kind of knowledge can you share at Trade School?