Behind the Project

TESA Works with Pinchot University to Create Cooperative Business Curriculum

TESA worked with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Pinchot University to adapt and build their existing business curriculum to a worker-cooperative business curriculum. This partnership lead to the creation of an extensive worker co-op start-up program, with sessions focused on a range of topics from “Cooperative Culture” to “Membership, Structure, and Governance.” Challenges[…]

Democratic Education

Using Democratic Education in the Classroom

Each time we give a presentation on democratic education we’re asked how it can be applied in a traditional classroom setting. The classroom is one of the least democratic spaces we encounter. Unsurprisingly, teachers and students alike want to move beyond its confining structure. Workshops and other non-traditional education settings are more easily reconfigured—at least[…]

How We Built an Online Cooperative Educational Video Library with NASCO

TESA worked with the North American Students for Cooperation to build a free online video series that focuses on cooperative education on topics ranging from the Fair Housing Act to democratic meeting facilitation skills. Challenges Faced After receiving a grant from the CHS Foundation to create a free educational video series on cooperatives and co-op[…]

TESA Recognized With Young Cooperative Educators Award

Recently, TESA was honored to receive the William Hlushko’s Young Cooperative Educators Award from the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE). The award “recognizes achievement as a cooperative educator to those 35 years or younger.” This marks the first year that an organization has been presented with the award, and we are thrilled to be its[…]

We Need “Thoughtful Games” and “Radical Games” – An Interview with Game Designer Hannah Shaffer

Hannah Shaffer is a game designer in Massachusetts. She’s the creator of Questlandia, a game “about personal shortcomings, the cost of courage, and the challenge of enacting meaningful change.” Hannah also made 14 Days – a storytelling game about living life with chronic pain. That game is currently on Kickstarter (until July 28th, 2015, so[…]

New in Our Store: TESA’s Favorite Books

Our motto is Think, act, critique, learn. We want to help you do those things, too, which is why we’ve expanded our store to include a bunch of our favorite books, games, and educational tools.  Check them out below! John Curl’s For All the People A hidden history of cooperation, cooperative movements, and communalism in[…]

Cuba: Pioneering Agriculture and Economics

We have heard a lot about Cuba’s agricultural sustainability and worker-cooperative transitions, so it was exciting to read this article and see the two share space together.  Whats more, the article also explores Cuban land policy as an engine to help build agricultural cooperatives, and keep Cuba’s resources from being grabbed up by foreign multinationals. […]