Berkeley Barter is an app to help residents of the city exchange, trade, and swap their stuff. It was designed by undergraduate students at the Social App Lab with the needs of Berkeley’s ever-changing student community in mind. Instead of dumping your sofa on the street when you graduate, why not trade it for a camera to use while on the road or for food from urban farmers to use at your graduation party? In keeping with certain Berkeley political traditions, the project was conceived at the Lab as fostering “an alterative local economy,” that is, an alternative to commercial capitalism.
Principal Investigators: Undergraduate students at the Social Apps Lab, under the direction of James Holston, Professor, Anthropology, UC Berkeley