Crowdfunding Campaigns for Co-ops and Member-Led Organizations

Crowdfunding campaigns can achieve success beyond cash, especially if you put community first. In this webinar workshop, you’ll learn a campaign approach that starts from the question, “Who is your community? Do they see you as a member?” Part 1, 50 minutes: The Basics with Danny from Peak Agency We’ll cover the basics of low-stress,[…]

The Future of Our Movement is in Good Hands

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Association of Cooperative Educators Institute in Austin, TX. Several things have stuck with me about that conference, including the amazing work being done by the people at Cooperation Texas, who are leading the charge for developing worker cooperatives in Austin through the use of popular education and community organizing. But what I want to talk about now is the incredible awe I felt when meeting and working with the future (and the now) of the co-op movement – the youth participants.

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Inside Out program

What We Learned about Education in the Nation’s 5th Largest Prison

Three weeks ago, I returned from a week long 60+ hour training at the Inside Out National Training Institute, just outside Philadelphia. As described by Inside-Out, the “Program is a creative link between two of the largest and most highly-funded institutional and social structures in our country: academia and prisons. These institutions traditionally have very different functions and goals in terms of education, control, and political influence, and they are, in general, alternately oriented towards the most advantaged and disadvantaged social strata in our society.” The program was formalized in 1997, and since then, has used its transformational pedagogy to bring thousands of students from the inside and outside together to learn about a range of subjects from Criminal Justice to Philosophy. This fall I will be teaching Creating Farm and Food Cooperatives in the Franklin County House of Corrections (FCHC) through a partnership between FCHC and Greenfield Community College (GCC), where TESA has taught for the last two years. Given TESA’s and GCC’s plan to teach the Cooperative class to a blended class in the prison, with both inside and outside students, the Inside- Out training was a necessity for us.

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Popular Education Provides Economic Empowerment for Women in Transition

BEHIND-THE-PROJECT

Our Behind the Project series will give you the scoop about our work. We want to show you what we do and how we do it. We’re proud of our work, inspired by the work our partners do, and we’re committed to transparency as an organization. You’ll get an inside look at what we do and the kinds of projects we can do with you.

TESA worked with the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition on a workshop for all of NELCWIT’s staff that would engage participants in the tenets of popular and participatory education, particularly as how it could be utilized by social change organizations both internally and externally.

Since 1976, NELCWIT has been working to build safety, justice, and dignity for all. Serving Franklin County and the North Quabbin region of western Massachusetts, we offer safety planning, advocacy, and support to anyone who has survived domestic or sexual abuse, and prevention education for our community, especially area youth.

Inspired? Get in touch—we’d love to work with you, too!

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Youth Groups Get Cooperative Skills from Co-opoly

BEHIND-THE-PROJECT

Our Behind the Project series will give you the scoop about our work. We want to show you what we do and how we do it. We’re proud of our work, inspired by the work our partners do, and we’re committed to transparency as an organization. You’ll get an inside look at what we do and the kinds of projects we can do with you.

TESA worked with the Youth Action Coalition to train a number of youth groups in hands-on cooperative skills.

Youth Action Coalition (YAC) promotes youth empowerment through creative expression and social action projects. YAC’s core program, Arts-for-Change (AfC), is a series of distinct arts and media projects that pairs intensive arts immersion with social justice education.

AfC provides youth from across the race/class/social spectrum access to free, high quality arts programming, helping youth break down barriers, and offering a safe space for shared dialogue and collaboration.

Inspired? Get in touch—we’d love to work with you, too!

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Relationships to Make Your Co-op Successful

Co-op.ed.logoThe worker-cooperative movement continues to grow, which means more and more people are being introduced to business ownership and the practices of workplace democracy that drive the movement.  On its own, starting a new business is extremely difficult, add in new practices like member meetings, democratic decision making, and horizontal management techniques, and the challenges facing a new cooperative or group of cooperators only appear more daunting.  Moreover, even as an educator of cooperative techniques and methods, I constantly find myself in need of new skills and advice, whether it be basic accounting, or techniques to educate about non-violent communication. Thankfully the cooperative movement is full of knowledgeable and talented people. 

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We're Documenting Economic Democracy with GRITtv

gWhile the economic democracy movement has been expanding, the mainstream media have not kept up. Workplace democracy is no easy task, and many of those looking to make change simply do not have access to the information they need. That’s why we’ve started working with the intrepid journalists at GRITtv to document the movement by interviewing the frontline activists who are fighting for a new economy. This film will be a vital tool to help create a new economy by designing better policies and starting new co-ops.

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Teaching How to Resist War—Our Partnership with War Resisters League

BEHIND-THE-PROJECTOur Behind the Project series will give you the scoop about our work. We want to show you what we do and how we do it. We’re proud of our work, inspired by the work our partners do, and we’re committed to transparency as an organization. You’ll get an inside look at what we do and the kinds of projects we can do with you.

The War Resisters League (WRL) has been resisting war at home and war abroad since 1923. Today, as one of the leading radical voices in the antiwar movement, they challenge military recruitment and war profiteering, organize nonviolent direct action, and offer on-the-ground tools to end the current war and all wars.

We worked with WRL to update, develop, and overhaul curriculum, infographics, and interactive activities for WRL’s Tax Day Flyer and nascent Anti-Tear Gas Campaign. Working with WRL facilitators, organizers, and researchers, TESA was able to provide an in-depth and interactive curriculum to be used in correlation with WRL’s yearly tax day activism, and as a gateway workshop to their expanding Anti-Tear Gas Campaign.

Inspired? Get in touch—we’d love to work with you, too!

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TESA Brings Cooperative Education to 100 Campuses Across the Country

BEHIND-THE-PROJECT

Our Behind the Project series will give you the scoop about our work. We want to show you what we do and how we do it. We’re proud of our work, inspired by the work our partners do, and we’re committed to transparency as an organization. You’ll get an inside look at what we do and the kinds of projects we can do with you.

TESA worked with the NCBA to create the Cooperative Teach-In program to connect learning communities and campuses around the country with nearby cooperatives and educational resources on cooperatives. By the time this year-long program was over, TESA had helped to facilitate nearly 100 co-op education opportunities around the country, benefiting thousands.

Inspired? Get in touch—we’d love to work with you, too!

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