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[…]

Here’s How One NYC Neighborhood is Using Cooperation to Overcome Gentrification

New York recently made history by deciding to contribute millions of city funds towards worker cooperative development. And that decision is already having an impact across neighborhoods. Here’s one fascinating story of how our friends at The Working World and the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation are starting cooperatives to overcome gentrification in Bed-Stuy for[…]

Popular Education Methods Series: What is Popular Education, and When Should You Use It?

In the last post I outlined some topics we would tackle, and it seems like a great place to start is: “what is popular education and why use it?” Better yet, why don’t we also give away some free curriculum on that very topic. So lets get into it! I will give you a brief,[…]

Announcing our new blog series: Popular Education Methods

TESA is excited to announce our new Popular Education Methods blog series. The Methods blog will be a space to explore and discuss all things education. As the name implies, we will be focusing on concrete methods, techniques, and strategies to improve facilitation, design, and teaching skills – based on our years of using popular[…]