Breaking Barriers & Building Cooperatives in a Massachusetts Jail

Students from a class on cooperatives held at the Franklin County House of Corrections (FCHC), a jail in Greenfield, Massachusetts, recently showcased their creative visions for cooperative businesses in a graduation ceremony for the course. The greatest service we provide to this class is the framework for students from inside and outside the jail to[…]

USFWC Racial & Economic Justice Council Endorses 3 Outstanding Social Movements

TESA Collective is proud to be a member of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives for many reasons, and their recent formation of a Racial & Economic Justice Council is one of them. Among the first achievements from the council is an endorsement for 3 of recent history’s most important social movements including: the Movement[…]

Rousing Success for TESA’s Rise Up Kickstarter

Thanks to 740 people and organizations who backed Rise Up: The Game of People and Power on Kickstarter, we’re proud to report that our board game about building movements will be available to the public by April 2017! When we launched our Kickstarter, we set a goal of raising $35,000 over the course of a[…]

Educate & Organize: TESA on Trump’s Election

We at the TESA Collective are devastated by the election results and the rise of Donald Trump. To be clear, TESA does not officially support any individual party, but Donald Trump must be recognized for what he is: a fascist. We do not use that word lightly or as a hyperbole. His platform is rooted[…]

Voices from the Cooperative Movement

Over the past month, TESA Collective has been chatting it up with fellow advocates, activists, educators and cooperators about how to build a better world. We’ve asked folks who are working actively and cooperatively towards change around the nation some form of following three questions: Why do you prefer cooperatives/cooperation? What are you most excited[…]

Using Non-Competitive Games for Education and Building Community

When people think of games, they often think of competitive games where one player wins, and everyone else loses. Competitive games encourage players to work against each other, rather than together. Competition can not only be discouraging for the majority of non-winners, but over time can turn people off from playing games all together. Why[…]

‘What To Do instead of Calling the Police” is a Must Read

Neighborhoods across the nation are in midst of major changes. As they occur, conversations at the local, state and national levels are shining light on countless examples of ongoing brutality from police in already vulnerable communities. In the Bay area for example, where gentrification is on the rise, 311 (nonviolent) calls have gone up almost[…]

In Massachusetts, These Inmates are Starting their Own Cooperatives

Policing and the industrial prison complex are a main topic of conversation in cities and towns all over the country. #BlackLivesMatter supporters have brought conversations to the forefront about the police and our prison system, especially within the black community. In addition to justice for the ongoing murders of people of color, queer and transgender[…]

The L.A. Co-op Lab is Making Worker Ownership Mobile

*Featured image courtesy of Dr. Pop In Los Angeles, it’s not business as usual. The LA Co-op Lab has launched an exciting new effort to bring the co-op movement to the streets, calling the project “The Mobile Co-op Lab.” According to the Dr. Pop website, “The Mobile Co-op Lab is a collaboration between Dr. Pop, the L.A.[…]