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With a vision to create an environment of curiosity and discovery, Idea Exchange is embracing a centuries-old method of exchange and welcoming this fall, the Taco Stand Project.
The Taco Stand Project is an experiment, a venue, an activator for community sharing. It aims to bring us together to find new ways of navigating the challenges of today. The Taco Stand Project wants to become a different kind of norm, where trading skills and sharing ideas are not tied up in commerce and power, but rather a community minded collaboration, with cost-free resources and social empowerment.
In Mexico, a taco stand is a temporary venue and a gathering hub, serving low-cost food to any given neighbourhood and offering social interaction. The majority of taco stands in Mexico remain unregulated, meaning they pop up as necessary and remain outside the framework of regulated restaurant culture. They arrive from necessity of making a buck in impoverished places. They show up temporarily at festivals and community hot spots. They care for the locals and offer a quick bite for cheap.
Borrowing from this culture of unregulated economy, the Taco Stand Project explores what opportunities reside in our community for empowering people to share their skills, trade tasks or things, or teach an original solution to a common problem.
The Taco Stand Project is our first attempt and needs you because a community is built by all of us.
Taco Stand Project is developed in conjunction with the exhibition With Mexico, From Love.
Intrigued? Excited? Get involved!
There are two ways to participate in Taco Stand Project:
- Give a workshop, a talk, a demonstration or tell a story. Share your culture, knit a sweater, fix some things or salvage the discarded. It’s your stand. Your venue. Book it.
- Trade things at no cost. Two hours of dog walking in exchange for a car wash. Tomatoes in exchange for homemade pies. An old collection of vinyl in exchange for a guitar. The Trading Post awaits your announcement.
As long as it’s safe, environmentally friendly, beneficial to someone and clever in not perpetuating capitalist hunger, we’ll make it work.
Want to learn more?
We are sharing stories from our local community that embody the essence of the Taco Stand Project. Enjoy the stories below and check back often for new additions.