【教育作為根本，更好的世界必須一起打造】－青春交換所 Life Swap Shop
Life Swap Shop was founded in 2014 by Janna and Josh. They met in Pingtung when studying early childhood education. Janna has been always jealous about other cities in Taiwan often holding artistic events which never happened in Pingtung. She thinks it’s really important to set a balance of art and life , they then came up the idea setting up ALLT, a platform combing all the creation resources in Pingtung, organizing events including artistic, environmental-friendly market, concert, music performing, exhibition and other art-related-to-life events. Their concept was when creating a new life-style, you have to evolve the space first then change the way you want it to be slowly.
Back in the time Pingtung never had artistic market, it was like a total strange concept to people who lived there. Josh has played in an indie band quite a time and was planning to hold tour concert with other friends. Janna then decided to organize the market along the music tour. Recalling from their memory, they said doing such things in Pingtung was really hard at the beginning, but they were both surprised after continuously explanation and communication, the depth and fast of connecting is really amazing. A stranger who went to the market came to Janna after the event ended, she was emotionally talking to Janna saying she felt she has waited too long to see such event being held in Pingtung. Janna was really touched to see one person standing in front of her, happily saying she need such events, it proved it was not only what Janna liked, but what people need, to live with art, or the two things should combined together.
ALLT emphasizes the importance of living according to the natural, and share the lifestyle which they think should be developed. “We come to a place and grow up something, left the place like what we haven’t visited, but the memory and what happened will last forever.” ALLT is planning to be a national organization, now already based in Taipei, Taichung and Tainan. Josh came back to Tainan after graduation and started the concept of Life Swap Shop when Janna moved to here. They think Life Swap Shop is a boat, they are willing to invite families, friends and everyone to be on the boat together, though the world will never become peace and satisfy everyone, but the power of everyone on the boat may really make a difference, just to start the change from everyone.
Life Swap Shop now combines with unpackaged shop, selling eco-friendly products and emphasizes the concept of buying things when you need it. They also hold various kinds of events every month including travel’s story, worker’s story and lessons sharing how to live eco-friendly, art creation and living with agriculture. On Thursday, they open as restaurant only for reservation, cooking and sharing food. They bring people to clean the beach, measuring and recording the trash every month, to discuss with everyone how lifestyle can change, what we think need from the environment will all come back to us again. Other events like gather people picking vegetables which can be eaten but not for sale then cook and eat together later, or exchange things which useful but have been unused for a while, all these are living style they want to share via Life Swap Shop.
Philosophy of living: To value one thing, always see the things which can be left after times.