Trade School originally began in New York between a group of friends in 2010. It has since grown to reach over a dozen countries where local organizers use their open source software to begin schools autonomously in their area. We began TS Berlin last year and are currently in our second season. So far we've had a Pizza Making course, Regenerative Design & Open Source Hardware, Dance basics, and a class called How to completely change your life forever.
Self-organized spaces that don't rely on monetary support are different beasts from institutional systems of learning, and this beast in particular has presented its organizers with a never-ending stream of challenges that continues to inspire and excite us. We are especially driven by a strong belief in safe spaces that subvert the increasingly capitalistic means of receiving an education and sharing knowledge.