We Made A Free Documentary on How to Start a Worker Co-op

The worker cooperative movement is flourishing. That’s because there’s a growing understanding that the economy and the businesses we work in would fair better if they were owned and run by the people. But starting a worker co-op is difficult, and the process can be daunting. That’s why we at TESA teamed up with┬áThe Laura[…]

USFWC Racial & Economic Justice Council Endorses 3 Outstanding Social Movements

TESA Collective is proud to be a member of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives for many reasons, and their recent formation of a Racial & Economic Justice Council is one of them. Among the first achievements from the council is an endorsement for 3 of recent history’s most important social movements including: the Movement[…]

Rousing Success for TESA’s Rise Up Kickstarter

Thanks to 740 people and organizations who backed Rise Up: The Game of People and Power on Kickstarter, we’re proud to report that our board game about building movements will be available to the public by April 2017! When we launched our Kickstarter, we set a goal of raising $35,000 over the course of a[…]

Voices from the Cooperative Movement

Over the past month, TESA Collective has been chatting it up with fellow advocates, activists, educators and cooperators about how to build a better world. We’ve asked folks who are working actively and cooperatively towards change around the nation some form of following three questions: Why do you prefer cooperatives/cooperation? What are you most excited[…]

Using Non-Competitive Games for Education and Building Community

When people think of games, they often think of competitive games where one player wins, and everyone else loses. Competitive games encourage players to work against each other, rather than together. Competition can not only be discouraging for the majority of non-winners, but over time can turn people off from playing games all together. Why[…]

In Massachusetts, These Inmates are Starting their Own Cooperatives

Policing and the industrial prison complex are a main topic of conversation in cities and towns all over the country. #BlackLivesMatter supporters have brought conversations to the forefront about the police and our prison system, especially within the black community. In addition to justice for the ongoing murders of people of color, queer and transgender[…]

Can Philadelphia launch a new wave of worker cooperatives?

Our friends at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) have recently won a pretty amazing grant, and Oscar Perry Abello over at Next City just wrote an article on it called Following the Footsteps of African American Cooperatives. The article highlights a Philadelphia-based program called 20 Book Clubs 20 Cooperative Businesses that PACA is organizing,[…]

Reparations and Cooperatives: Building Economic and Racial Justice in the South

The impact of hundreds of years of racial and economic injustice live on in the United States, which is why there’s still a huge racial wealth gap – and in fact, it’s only getting worse. So we need proactive people’s movements to not just redistribute the existing wealth, but to also set up institutions that[…]

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[…]