These Low-Wage Workers Are Rising Up to Take On Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley has one of the highest concentrations of wealth in the world, and tech companies are reaping massive profits. Most of this tsunami of wealth gets passed onto the tech world’s CEOs, top programmers, and shareholders. But guess who doesn’t get a cut of that enormous pie? Workers like janitors, groundskeepers, landscapers, and security[…]

Your Study Guide to the Cooperative Movement

Cooperatives are all the rage! And that’s because cooperatives are, well, pretty great. They can change lives, communities, regions, and entire economies. At the same time, while an increasing number of people are discovering cooperatives, it’s not always clear how or where to learn more about them – whether you want the fundamentals or to[…]

When Workers and Consumers Share Ownership, Everyone Wins

There’s some big news out of Seattle. Not only are two consumer-owned cooperatives in the area merging, they’re also making workers equal owners of their co-op. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal: Seattle’s Central Co-op will become the first grocery store in the country to shift from an entirely member-owned store to what’s called[…]

Own the Change: Watch This Free Documentary on Starting a Worker Cooperative

The worker cooperative movement is growing. That’s because people across the country are realizing the economy and the businesses they work for would fair better if they were owned and governed democratically by the people. But starting a worker co-op is difficult, and the process can often be daunting. So that’s why we, The Toolbox[…]

How Co-ops Build Stronger Communities, A New Economy, and A Better World

Buy “Co-ops Build!” poster series! Cooperatives are businesses and organizations democratically owned and managed by the people they serve. They come in many shapes and sizes: from a handful of people to thousands upon thousands of members. Some are owned and run by workers, others are owned and governed by consumers, still others are for[…]

We Are The Movement: Hear the Voices of Youth Cooperatives from Around the World

CICOPA, an organization that represents 65,000 cooperatives around the world, has released a short film that amplifies the voices of young cooperators from nine countries. (Including our friends at The Worcester Roots Project in Massachusetts!) In a statement, Manuel Mariscal, President of CICOPA, said that the youth was the future of the co-op movement. “Young[…]

TESA is giving away over 100 free copies of Co-opoly to Youth Groups and Co-op Developers

Thanks to our grant from the CHS Foundation, Inc., we’re giving away over 100 free copies of our game Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives to groups working with youth as well as cooperative development organizations around the United States! All it takes to receive these games is to fill out this brief and easy application[…]

Tips For Making Your Conference Workshops Interactive and Engaging

Our worker-owner Andrew Stachiw has years of experience in facilitating conference workshops. Here, he shares some of the guidelines he’s developed to make them interactive and engaging – because there’s nothing worse than going to a conference you’re excited about and having the presenter put you to sleep. As many of us know, a conference[…]

Starting Cooperatives While Behind Bars

Shareable reports on how one major cooperative program spearheaded by prisoners in Puerto Rico is changing their lives both while they are incarcerated and once they are released. According to the National Institute of Justice, 76.6 percent of released prisoners are rearrested within five years in the United States. Compare that with the recidivism rate of[…]

Play Co-opoly Over Some Employee Owned Beers

The next time you play Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives over some beers with friends, think about picking up some New Belgium Brewing. ESOPs are cousins to co-ops! And below is a great video from PBS about the employee-owned difference at New Belgium. Earlier this year, one of our worker-owners was at a New Belgium[…]