"I will welcome all people to Trade School, creating a safe space that supports anti-oppression, values rigor, and promotes generosity. Trade School is about relationships of trust and mutual aid: the voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit. As an organizer, it is my job to create a space of respect. This may mean developing community agreements with my group that intentionally dismantle the structures of oppression that marginalize some, and divide us all. These may include racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, religious discrimination, ageism, and ableism, among others. Without these intentions Trade School can’t really be open to all.

I will collaborate and cooperate. I understand that individual freedoms are not above our collective safety, well-being, and ability to function cooperatively; individual freedom without responsibility to the community is not how we relate. I want to be part of a group that is based on shared power and the inherent value of every person. I will take responsibility for gathering the initial group and calling people together, but I will work towards sharing power for a decentralized, horizontal group.

I will make space for sharing ideas and information, not for advertising. I will NOT allow teachers to promote a product, a business, or the exploitation of other people. Trade School exists to help more people share skills, ideas, and resources- not to promote brands, companies, or exploitation. Trade School is not about getting rich- it’s about mutual aid. I will not allow brands to dominate Trade School. Sponsor or partner logos or names will not appear on the homepage. I will create a separate page dedicated to your sponsors (if necessary), and link to the page. Anywhere it appears, the sponsor’s logo will be smaller than the Trade School logo."

Trade School Agreements