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. […]

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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