Democratic Education for Anti-militarism

War Resisters League (WRL), one of the oldest and most prominent anti-war organizations in the United States, approached us this past summer about developing materials and a workshop for their 90th anniversary conference and their nascent anti-Tear Gas campaign. Thus was born “You Can’t Tear Us Apart: Tear Gas, Militarism, and Global/Local Solidarity,” a 90-minute[…]

Are You Ready for Co-op Month?

With Co-op Month just a couple weeks away, we’re in high gear planning events and working on new resources to celebrate and spread the word. We’re working with Food for Thought Books to on the Co-op Carnival, 10/19, 3-8pm at Food for Thought, which will feature a honk brass band and a folk string band,[…]

Co-cycle Returns!

Congratulations to our Co-cycle friends for making their way across the U.S. on bicycles, connecting with co-ops all along the way. On Saturday, August 24, Valley co-ops came out to celebrate at Green Fields Market in Greenfield. Four of our fellow VAWC members were there—Valley Green Feast, Simple Diaper & Linen, Broadfork Permaculture, and PV2—along[…]

Co-op Carnival

For this October’s Co-op Month, we’re teaming up with the great folks at Food For Thought Books to host our first annual Co-op Carnival, October 19 from 3-8pm at Food for Thought in Amherst. Come out and join us as we celebrate the Valley co-ops that are changing our local, national, and international economies. We[…]

TESA's New Advisory Board

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve instituted a new Advisory Board at TESA. And we’re honored to get to benefit from the insights, years of experiences, and wisdom of these wonderful people! Who’s on the board? Educators, business people, cooperators, co-op developers—these six people bring a wealth of expertise to TESA in the fields[…]

Testimonial: "TESA's assistance was invaluable"

Brian and Andrew working on curriculum We just received a testimonial from Jenny Glazer, Cooperative Development Institute intern and former worker-owner at Rainbow Grocery: I was overwhelmed to the point of paralysis while trying to create a workshop on cooperative personnel issues. TESA members gently helped me narrow my focus into more manageable topics, and[…]

Creating a Cooperative Food Economy

Please join Greenfield Community College and the Toolbox for Education and Social Action for our second year of “Creating a Cooperative Food Economy.” What: Creating a Cooperative Food Economy – AGR 114, is a 1-credit course open to both GCC students and community members. The course explores cooperative member-owned business models (co-ops) and their various[…]

Interactive Education in Action

We’re excited to share that we’ve been working with the War Resisters League to develop workshops for their 90th Anniversary Conference, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Building Bridges Across Generations and Communities, which is happening August 1-4 in Washington, DC. This event will be a fantastic opportunity for activists to conspire together about radical nonviolent action and social change.[…]

Co-op Education on the Road

We recently received a note from Co-cycle that we wanted to share. They are currently on their second bicycling tour across the country, spreading the cooperative movement message and connecting with people along the way. Before they left, we worked with them to develop curriculum for the educational workshops they are leading. Thank you all[…]

Co-opoly and Communities of Faith

Co-opoly brings neighbors and nonprofits together to empower communities of faith! We’ve heard from people at several faith-based organizations who are excited about Co-opoly and how it furthers their work for justice. Last week, the UUSC: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee brought the game to their General Assembly to encourage religious educators to put Co-opoly to[…]